Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says changing defensive tactics may prove hard

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Sarri has more pressing issues to deal with at his new club - not least providing clarity on the futures of academy graduates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham, who have both been linked with loan moves away from Stamford Bridge before the end of August in search of more consistent first-team football.

It is an approach that yielded six goals as Chelsea won both of their first two Premier League matches against Huddersfield and Arsenal, but the Gunners also exposed startling defensive vulnerabilities by scoring twice in what Sarri described as a "horrible" 15 minutes for his team. "If you are used to defending by looking at the man, and I ask you to defend by looking only at the ball, I think if you are 18 it's maybe easier".

Sarri admitted that the term "Sarri-Ball" was created by the media, while he was happy to reveal how his team is supposed to play.


"The ambition has to be to win every single match, every single competition, this is Chelsea we can't think in a different way but we also have to have humility to understand we're at the beginning of a new philosophy, so we start day-by-day every single week".

"The most important thing is the way we play now".

'It is awesome to play football, of course last season was not the best for me inside the pitch, but also I learned a lot outside the pitch as a person, as a man.


Benitez said: "Everybody knows that finishing 10th was a miracle because we did really well, that's it".

Chelsea will be hoping to keep up the pace at the summit of the Premier League if they can make it three wins on the trot for the new manager when they face former Napoli and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez's Newcastle side on Sunday. Sarri has the Blues playing some lovely football and Newcastle are yet to find their groove this season. Maybe they have a policy where they want to give the youth a chance. I usually look at the training and then I decide.


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