Maurizio Sarri believes his Chelsea players haven’t even learned the basics of his ‘Sarri-ball’ system.
The Italian questioned the mentality of his players following Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
But there are concerns from a tactical standpoint, too.
“We had assumed that we learned a certain style of football, but the truth is we never did learn it and are paying the consequences," Sarri told Sky Sport Italia, per the Daily Mail.
"We haven't even learned the most basic moves yet. We need to work on the basics, the primary foundations of my football, and only then will we try to change a few things."
It seems that Sarri will need time to get his players playing the way that he wants them to.
His efforts in three seasons at Napoli, which included two second-placed finishes in Serie A, should earn him that. But nothing is certain under Roman Abramovich.
Clip of Sarri's Napoli surfaces
Sarri didn’t struggle to implement his ways at the Stadio San Paolo, where a team that included Jorginho, Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne played some of the finest football in Europe.
And a clip of Sarri’s Napoli has surfaced that may highlight the movement that his Chelsea team is yet to learn.
It came when Hamsik finished off a neat move in Napoli’s 1-1 draw against Juventus on April 2, 2017.
The Slovakian received the ball from Jorginho, played a one-two with Mertens and then smashed the ball past Gianluigi Buffon.
The clip was posted in Chelsea’s reddit page and fans are now debating whether they have the right players to play that kind of football.
“Our Hamsik role is our weakest spot on the pitch,” one fan said. “I think it would be worth giving the spot to Ruben Loftus-Cheek and playing Kovacic as an impact sub for Jorginho or as a defensive measure in place of RLC late in the game.”
Another added: “The point of Sarri-ball is to move the ball around and exploit the space created. Problem is our players can’t play that final ball in to exploit the space.
“Players like Pedro and Willian are firmly focused on charging towards goal and only play the pass as their last option.”
A third said: “This movement from Hamsik is something we're beginning to see from Kante, but actually need from Kovacic, Barkley and RLC mostly.”
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