CHELSEA LOOKING TO BUILD AHEAD OF NEXT SEASON

Chelsea have endured a mixed season in Maurizio Sarri’s first year in chargeof the club. The Stamford Bridge outfit are known for their counterattacking football and back to wall approach. However, the appointment of Maurizio Sarri was meant to change all of that.

He started well with his sarri-ball looking smooth as silk in the early stages of the season but it became obvious who the facilitator of the team was too many teams. Mark Jorginho and Chelsea stop playing became the aim of most teams after the defeat away to Tottenham in November.

Sarri’s stubbornness in playing the 4-3-3 formation with Kante playing out of position also contributed partly to this slump. However, results in recent weeks has seen some positivity come into the club which looked lost just two months ago.

The humiliation away to Manchester City seemed to be the turning point as many believed that Sarri was a goner. Credit to the Italian for getting the players behind him for the league cup final against the same opponents in which the Blues looked solid and organized.

Recent victories against Fulham and the draw to Wolves has shown that there is still a lot left for Sarri to work on the team.  The defence has been a problematic position particularly against the big teams not which is unusual for a Chelsea side that has seen the likes of Ivanovic, Terry and Carvalho play at the club.

Cesar Azpilicueta as reliable as he does not have the capacity to play as a right back for Sarri as he slows down the attack. Upfront Willian and Pedro need to be replaced as both players have shown signs of regression this season.

The arrival of Pulisic in the summer should provide a new lease of life for the attack as the USA international is capable of developing into a world class player.

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