Pundit Reveals Chelsea Defensive Frailties Ahead Of West Ham Clash
Chelsea have really been great this season to still be with their 100% record despite still adapting to Maurizio Sarri’s new techniques but there still is some problems, as “Sarri Ball” has found it difficult to be fully implemented at the club.
According to Jenas, the “Sarri Ball” is perfect for the caliber of players like Hazard and Willian pressing highhup in the pitch but not for their present defenders who aren’t fast enough to cover when possession is lost.
“Under Antonio Conte, I think it had become: ‘Turn up: stand here; when they get the ball, move here’,” Jenas wrote in his Daily Mail column .
“By the end it looked as though the players were sick of it. Tactically, there is of course a difference but I don’t think we’ve seen the full version of Sarri’s high press yet.
“Winning the ball high up the pitch is perfect for the likes of Hazard and Willian; two passes and they’re in. One reason Sarri may be holding back on the high press right now is the defensive frailties.
He also explained the weaknesses of the style using a back three and why Sarri has insisted on back four in the momentm pointing fingers at Luiz and Marcos Alonso for the vulnerability .
“What Conte’s back three did so well for Chelsea was give them stability.
“With a back four, there is more risk. Luiz and Marcos Alonso are vulnerable. I’m not convinced it is a solid back four.
“Alonso is wonderful getting forward. Playing wing back under Conte gave him the protection he now lacks. It’s the same for Luiz.
“I feel also that they miss N’Golo Kante in that screening role in front of the defence.
“If Sarri can get a tune out of Luiz and protect Alonso, I think they’re heading for the top four. At some point, they could run into trouble.”