Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to take over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge next season, reports claim it could be confirmed next week (we’ve heard that before). Aside from Laurent Blanc, there has been no real competition for Sarri in the race for the role and now the latter looks set to take over at Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri has implemented an eye-catching style of play with Napoli this season and has earned plaudits despite coming up short in the race for the title, losing to Juventus, a side on a much bigger budget.
While Antonio Conte used a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 system it’s clear that Maurizio Sarri will implement a 4-3-3 system when he takes over at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri likes his side to play out from defence and deploys a defensive midfielder beside two more box-to-box like midfielders, making up his three-man midfield. Often Jorginho drops in between the two central defenders to collect the ball from the goalkeeper to build the attack from there.
Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli was really unpredictable and that’s one of the main reasons they’ve done so well. His Napoli side could keep the ball for long spells however they also had the option to go direct. His wing-backs would often overlap the wingers, creating more space for teammates.
Without the ball, Napoli would play a high-pressure system in an aim to win the ball back quickly to get back on the attack. They would force the opposition’s defenders to have very little time on the ball and increase the chances of overturning possession. Napoli would play with a very high defensive line compacting the space that their counterparts will have to create chances in.
Defensively Sarri makes his side well-organised and well drilled, the wingers often drop back into midfield and Jorginho bridges the gap between defence and midfield. By doing this Napoli become hard to break down and allows them to hit their opponents with pacey counter-attacks especially with the likes of Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne leading the charge.
While Napoli were good on the eye it’s clear that some of Chelsea’s players won’t have the same qualities as the players that Sarri had in Naples, one that jumps out is that Eden Hazard won’t be as effective in a high press as Insigne. Sarri will also have a much bigger budget at Chelsea than he did at Napoli however, the bigger budget comes with larger expectations and a more competitive league.