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My Target Is To Improve Chelsea’s Mentality – Sarri

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believe changing the mindset of his the Blue’s squad will help expel the irregularities that have tormented the team lately.

The former Napoli-manager went 18 games unbeaten in all competition in the wake of taking charge of the West-London club in July, but since late November Chelsea form in the Premier League has plunged.

A sloppy loss to Wolves, Leicester City and Bournemouth respectively -and another home stalemate with Southampton – having them struggle for a fourth-place spot, with Chelsea sitting 11 points behind table-toppers Liverpool having played a game more.

A humiliating loss to Bournemouth on Wednesday saw Sarri secure his players in the locker room for 45 minutes after fulltime, the Italian left furious his team’s sloppy performance.

He got the positive response he wanted as Huddersfield Town were decapitated at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Juventus-loanee Gonzalo Higuain netting twice in a 5-0 win.

And keeping in mind that the triumph satisfied Maurizio Sarri, it just served to feature their flighty form as of late.

Not in the past [have I managed a team that’s so inconsistent],” he told reporters.

“But my target is to improve the mentality because if we improve the mentality, I think it will be easier to arrive into every match with the right level of application and determination.

“It is not easy, of course, and it is a long way but we need to try to improve in mentality. In every training, in every match, but we need to improve.”

Another aspect Sarri is keen to develop on is the movement off the ball, which he believes will allow Jorginho – and therefore Chelsea – to flourish.

He added: “Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players because he is used to playing one-touch and it is very difficult to play one-touch without the movement of the other players.

“So if the team, like in the first 20-25 minutes [against Huddersfield], played very well with movements without the ball, then for Jorginho it is easier, I think. In the first 25 minutes, we played our football because we moved the ball very fast and very well.

There was a good movement without the ball. We were really very dangerous.

We didn’t play with our backs to the opposing goal like in the last match, with five players doing it in the last match. We attacked the spaces and so I think that we played our football.

 

 

 

 

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Muyiwa is an ardent follower of everything football. Fascinated by the beauty of the game, he takes pleasure in penning down his opinion about a sport that has more lovers than haters. PS: He loves Barcelona for making football look easier than it actually is.

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