Finally! Abramovich finally got what he wanted for so long: a manager who will play beautiful, attacking football! The appointment of someone like Sarri is long overdue in my opinion and I think it’s the best decision Chelsea had made in a long time. The main problem is that Chelsea have been inactive for most of the transfer window and with one week left to go I doubt we’ll see another big signing coming to The Bridge.. That means we’ll maybe sell Courtois and get a replacement in before the first league game but not much more than that. Sarri will have to transform this squad from the boring and extremely defensive team it was under Conte (I don’t where to begin to explain how much he made me hate the 3-5-2 formation) into a new modern, attacking team! That will take time, maybe even a lot of time. Will he get it?
The potential is there. Chelsea have many players that can press high up the field, can be creative on the ball and keep possession, but the transition will take time! Players like Pedro, Fabregas, Morata, Hazard, Kante and Jorginho are perfectly capable of doing all of that. We know this, because we’ve seen them do it in the past.
My main concern are the four at the back though. If David Luiz is the one to lead from centre back, than we will be conceding goal after goal. Rudiger isn’t good enough in my opinion and should be replaced with Christensen. I hope we’ll get to see Azpiliqueta as a centre back instead of as a right back. He can lead from the back, pass the ball really well and knows where to stand and defend. He should be the one to coach Christensen, help Christensen grow into that role! I think Chelsea need to buy a right back more than we need anything else. Moses and Zapacosta aren’t really going to cut it, because I don’t think they’re good enough. I hope Courtois will leave before the end of the week as I also think that he isn’t good enough. He had an amazing amount of potential, but his entire goal at Chelsea seems to have been to get to Real Madrid. Let him go, and maybe sign a goalkeeper who wants to play for Chelsea! The defence is the biggest problem in my opinion. The defence will make or break Sarri this season, because I think that Chelsea have got loads of options in attack that can turn the club into the most attacking and enjoyable to watch team in the Premier League!
But will Sarri feel that he is given the time to implement his style? That will be the biggest question. Will Sarri feel supported to change the style of play that this team had to endure during Conte’s dreadful last season? Will he be fearing for his job after the first few months turn out not exactly like we’d want them to, or will he be assured that he will be backed in January or in the next summer transfer window?
Just look at how much time it took Pep or Klopp to Manchester City and Liverpool to where they are now. Chelsea are famous for not giving their managers this time and I can’t help but feel that if we don’t finish in the top four, Sarri will sacked as well.