After months of speculation, Chelsea have finally replaced Antonio Conte and brought in Maurizio Sarri. The Blues’ managerial situation has been uncertain for months, and that hasn’t been a good thing for the club.
Now, though, fans can finally look ahead to what is sure to be a very new and very different Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri is a very different manager to Antonio Conte, and he likes to utilise different players, a different tactical plan and often a different formation too.
At Stamford Bridge, then, Chelsea could line-up very differently next season in comparison to last season – and that offers a very exciting prospect for the club. Perhaps a few players that, under Conte, weren’t so useful may return to the fore, whilst the Italian could also look to bring a new player or two to the club as well.
It’s all change, then – but what could the Blues’ team look like next season?
In goal, it seems that – unless Chelsea’s hand is forced, Thibaut Courtois should keep his place. The Belgian is one of Europe’s best goalkeepers, and if he were to leave and get replaced, it would undoubtedly be a downgrade for the club.
In defence, a change could come in the form of a different shape. Though Antonio Conte opted for a five-man defence, Sarri may switch to a back four. Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen – both of whom are comfortable with the ball at their feet – would fit in perfectly with his system. Cesar Azpilicueta is comfortable and solid on the right, and so he could return to that role. On the left, meanwhile, perhaps Emerson Palmieri could get a chance. He made his name in Serie A, and he’s much quicker and more technical than Marcos Alonso, which Sarri may like.
In midfield, the ever-talented N’Golo Kante must keep his place, and he will become the lynchpin in this midfield. Ruben Loftus-Cheek could come in and make a name for himself at Stamford Bridge, and there’s nothing that Chelsea fan would like more than to see him get a significant role. Pass master Jorginho has also joined the Blues and he could complete what is a new-look midfield for the club.
In the attack, Alvaro Morata deserves a longer run in the team to truly prove what he can do in the Premier League. Willian has been linked with a move to Barcelona, and so perhaps – if he is sold – Pedro could return and become a regular, whilst Eden Hazard must start if he’s still at the club in August.
A few minor changes, granted, but this team could be hugely successful next season with Sarri in charge.
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