3 problems with Chelsea's Sarri-ball
Sarri-ball has become a phenomenon among football fans and pundits in recent years. It refers to the style of football implemented by Italian tactician, Maurizio Sarri which involves total domination and control of the ball.
Maurizio Sarri implemented this style in Napoli and brought the same ideology to Chelsea. It earned rave reviews in the early weeks of the season as it was in stark contrast to the Conte's system.
However, a run of inconsistent results has seen questions raised about the viability and sustainability of such philosophy in the Premier League. Here's a look at three problems with Chelsea's Sarri-ball.
#1 Poor Goal Return
The biggest crisis that has faced Sarri's Chelsea revolution is their poor return in front of goal. Finishing has been a major problem for the Stamford Bridge outfit and has cost them vital points already this season.
They have managed just 38 goals in 21 league games this season. No other team in the big-six has scored less. In fact, Chelsea has failed to score in a league game this season on four occasions. Arsenal, their top-four rival, has only failed to find the back of the net once and that was on their opening day defeat to Manchester City.
Chelsea has missed 35 big chances this season which is the third highest in the entire league. Alvaro Morata has been culpable for those misses. The Spaniard has been presented with 13 big chances this season. He has missed 10 of them.
Hazard has recently been deployed as a false nine as a result of the profligacy of the strikers. Although he has scored 10 goals, in the long run, this tactic is not ideal as the quality of Hazard is best expressed when he drives inward from the wings and creates chances or score goals.