Chelsea’s form this season has exceeded the expectation of everybody especially under the hands of their new boss Maurizio Sarri and how he has improved the style of Eden Hazard.
Chelsea has a total of twenty points having seven points more than they did last season under Antonio Conte and Chelsea is level at the top with Liverpool and Manchester City.
As soon as Maurizio Sarri was appointed, he dropped Conte’s 3-5-2 arrangement and started using his own 4-3-3 arrangement making Jorginho the distribution hub in the central midfield, urging N’Golo Kante to move further up the pitch.
Sarri has changed Chelsea’s style of playing, it has improved their result and had a lot of impact on the blues talisman, Eden Hazard, who has scored seven goals and have had three assists tied to his name from playing 577minutes under the new coach.
and started using his own 4-3-3 formation making Jorginho the distribution hub in the central midfield, urging N’Golo Kante to move further up the pitch.
Sarri has changed Chelsea’s style of playing, it has improved their result and had a lot of impact on the blues talisman, Eden Hazard, who has scored seven goals and have had three assists tied to his name from playing 577minutes under the new coach. Maurizio Sarri has made just seven changes to his starting line-up this season. Sarri has started Giroud in place of Morata, also changing Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in the midfield. Whereas Pedro and Williams have started six and four games respectively
Maurizio Sarri describes his fashion as “ball possession at very high speed”. His summer signing Jorginho has claimed for himself as the most creative passer in the English premier league, with an average of 106 per game, Jorgino’s fast-passing and quick thinking is the glue holding everything together.
Eden Hazard, likewise, embodies the differing approaches taken by Sarri and both Conte and Mourinho. Hazard was often used as a false nine by the Italian, reduced to a mere counter-attacking threat, while Mourinho regularly slated his winger’s lack of work rate and defensive awareness. They were concerned by the qualities Hazard lacked, rather than trying to make the most of the talents he possesses. Sarri has challenged him to be more ruthless and decisive, and in turn given him the freedom to help meet those demands.
His goal against Liverpool summed up the shift in mindset, both from Hazard and the team as a whole. A revitalised David Luiz ignored Liverpool’s press and fizzed a pass into Hazard, who laid it off before spinning in behind. Matteo Kovacic and Jorginho played a cute one-two – the sort of triangle Chelsea’s players make countless times in a match now – before releasing Hazard, who finished expertly.
Saturday’s clash with United, then, sees Chelsea’s past and present go head-to-head. The fast and fun football of Sarri against the slow and reactive tactics of Mourinho. But, equally, the match pits one coach who has never won a trophy in his entire career against the manager who brought three Premier League titles to the Bridge. It promises to be a captivating contest, and if anyone can mastermind a way to stop the Blues’ scintillating side from purring again, it is arch-spoiler Mourinho – as everyone at Chelsea knows only too well.