Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City: 5 things Maurizio Sarri still needs to improve | Premier League 2018-19
A loss in midweek to Wolves might have just spurred Chelsea to a massive win against the Champions Manchester City. The scoreline might not be a massive one, but surely serves two purposes - breaking Manchester City's unbeaten run in the Premier League, and probably getting Chelsea back in the title race.
It was also a moment of triumph for Maurizio Sarri, as it was his first career win against Pep Guardiola, as rightly mentioned by him in the press conference leading to the game. After Chelsea's recent form, there was never a doubt that The Blues would prove a challenge to Guardiola's rampant Manchester City, but the hosts exceeded expectations and went on to take the glory.
Despite a win, Chelsea looked technically not up to par when compared to the champions, especially in the first half. This suggests that Maurizio Sarri still has work to do. Lets look at the top 5 things Sarri still needs to improve at Chelsea Football Club.
#1 Give more chances to Ross Barkley
Mateo Kovacic might be technically very sound, probably much more than Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but when it comes to a physical league like the English Premier League, physical traits are much better parameters than technical soundness.
Kovacic limped off, giving way to Barkley, and post the substitution, Chelsea looked very dominant. The Kovacic injury just turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
As Chelsea doesn't have a buyout clause in Mateo Kovacic's loan deal, it is apparent Real Madrid will not sell their midfield dynamo next season to the Londoners. So, it is also better to improve homegrown talents like Ross Barkley, rather than giving more opportunities to the Croatian who will depart at the end of the season.