After a shaky start to the new year, Chelsea FC has finally found their footing with four wins and two draws in their last six matches. A huge clean sheet followed by two goals was enough for the Blues to beat Tottenham Hotspurs and a great defensive display against Manchester City at Wembley led to the Blues losing 4-3 in penalties. Chelsea are now one win out of a Champions League spot with 1-game in hand.
Maurizio Sarri has received loads of criticism from fans, players, and pundits since joining the Premier League in late July. His fast-paced, possession style of play has taken long to implement and the fans are not very satisfied. Sarri has continued to explain that his transformation may take longer than a single season and the final result will be a “beautiful and fun” way to play. Chelsea fans need to back their manager and look towards the long-term success he is capable of bringing.
The Chelsea players have recently started to show glimpses of “Sarri-ball” and it truly is mesmerizing to watch. The quick one-twos and forward passes around the opponents final third make for wonderful television. The visible problem with the Chelsea squad is the speed of the decision making. It is currently much too slow, and Sarri’s style depends on quick 1 touch football which most of the players aren’t currently capable of. The players have the potential, but need to play the system and mold themselves to it.
Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s main catalyst, has continued to kick on for seasons now, and today, once again, saved the Blues with a 91 minute stunner to steal a point from Wolverhampton. Eden Hazard has directly contributed to 48% of Chelsea’s goals this season and this must be more evenly dispersed if the Blues want a fighting chance in Europe. Having a sole player single-handedly carry a team gives little hope for future generations and isn’t something which should be instilled in the youngsters and fans.
Chelsea have missed out on Champions League football in two of the past three seasons and would be ashamed to make that three out of four. The third and fourth place spots in the Premier League are currently up for grabs and any team out of Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, or United could find themselves there.
This weekend Chelsea FC will be taking a trip to Merseyside to face Everton and will hopefully leave with all three points.