Maurizio Sarri has brought a new philosophy to the way football should be played at Chelsea under his guidance and some players have adapted to it better than others.
Since taking up the role in the summer, Sarri has brought in Jorginho and Gonzalo Higuain from the Serie A, two players who have played under the Italian at Napoli and both had success there and that is gradually helping to transition what he wants from the players onto the pitch.
However, there are also some of Chelsea’s side whose performances suggest they have not taken to Sarri’s ideologies as easily as others. With that being said, let’s take a look at two Chelsea players that have struggled so far under Sarri…
As everyone is aware, Sarri’s favoured system is the 4-3-3 which requires each individual to have a specific role in the side, in and out of possession.
Alonso, who excelled under Conte at left-wing-back, has featured in a left-back role as he obviously does not possess all the attacking qualities to play further up.
But it is in this left-back role where there is more emphasis on the defensive aspect of his game and it is where he has been caught out on numerous occasions in terms of his positioning and awareness of opponents.
That has lead Sarri to using Emerson in two of Chelsea’s last three games and although he may not be the long-term solution, he represents a better solution than continually opting for Alonso.
Barkley is frequently deployed as the most attacking of Sarri’s midfield trio but bar a very impressive stint of form across October, he has not been on top of his game.
On his day, he is able to dominate the midfield and cause havoc for opponents. However, he has not been able to do that consistently at all for the Blues in the middle of the park where he is normally partnered by N’Golo Kante and shielded by Jorginho.
It seems that a lot of the onus to create chances is placed on Barkley due to his superb technical ability in possession which has lead to him struggling for Chelsea with such responsibility focused largely on one player.
Sarri would surely be best using another attack-minded creative spark such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek next to him to not only help chance creation but to allow Barkley to be able to dictate the game a lot more. That would aid Chelsea’s possession-based game, then allowing the 25-year-old to thrive rather than struggle under Sarri.