Hazard and Chelsea thriving in Sarri’s ideology
Yesterday was one of those days a good number of football fans were waiting for, to ascertain if Chelsea’s performance this season has been a fluke, an early season good form rush, or down to the inconsistencies of the teams they’ve faced thus far.
It’s no more news that the Blues have a new sheriff in town in Maurizio Sarri.
The Italian has been very quick in imprinting his football ideology on a side renowned for being conservative, as well as being masters of the ‘park the bus’ strategy.
No one would have thought that the Blues would transition into Maurizio Sarri’s Sarrismo or Sarriball philosophy so quickly as is being witnessed at Stamford Bridge this season.
Everyone was of the thought that Sarri would need some time to release the Blues from the shackles of playing defensive football, a system which has been in place at Stamford Bridge since 2004, and now more than a decade long.
Even the Italian tactician admitted it, and also reiterated it last weekend.
However, the Blues appear to have hit the ground running and have been on a fine run with 7 wins and 1 draw in all competitions.
Chelsea are yet to be outplayed in all games thus far, and they’ve already played the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.
These are sides which would normally make the Blues sit back, soak pressure, and hit on the counter, but this was not been the case in those games this season under Sarri.
The Blues have taken the game to these sides including all others and have majorly outplayed them in the process, with staggering possession stats that would never have been expected from a typical Chelsea side.
Regardless, the Blues saw their 100% start in the Premier League thwarted last Sunday in a London derby away to West Ham after a goalless draw.
They also had a double-header against the seemingly flawless Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and the Premier League to come next, all in one week.
Many pundits drew conclusions on Chelsea after the result against West Ham.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s red-hot Liverpool were regarded as the massive favorites for the first of the double-header which was in the Carabao Cup at Anfield on Wednesday.
This was surely going to be a supposedly major test for Sarri’s men. Fast-forward to now, and they’ve passed the test with flying colors.
Chelsea came from behind to beat Liverpool 2:1 at Anfield courtesy of an absolute worldie from the blazing hot Eden Hazard and progressed to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
One could easily forget that this is a side whose forward men are yet to click and have just 1 goal in 8 games in all competitions between them.
Chelsea’ll now welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League in what should be a cracking encounter.
We at Footiehound await the result of this fireworks encounter with keen interest.