Chelsea players were ‘thinking and talking’ about Sarri’s style during holidays

N’Golo Kante has revealed Chelsea players were discussing how they would adapt to the style of new manager Maurizio Sarri during their summer holidays.

After taking charge just weeks before the Premier League season began, the Italian head coach faced a difficult task implementing his brand of fast-paced, possession-based style of attacking football known as ‘Sarri-ball’.

It represented a marked change from that of his predecessor Antonio Conte, famed for his classically-Italian pragmatic approach.

But Sarri’s task was made easier by the Chelsea players ‘thinking and talking’ about how best to implement the new system while still recovering from their World Cup exploits, as midfielder Kante revealed.

He told The Mirror: ‘Now the system is ­something ­different, especially the way we play now.

‘So, even during the ­holidays, we were thinking and talking about how to adapt. It will require a lot of sacrifice from us all, so that is why I have to continue ­moving forward as a player.

‘I have worked with ­different managers in the past and different systems.

‘The best way to always keep your position (in the team) is to ­remain focussed and have the same attitude towards ­everyone. So that is what I am going to try to do again this season.’

The new system appeared to pay dividends in the opening game of the Premier League season as Chelsea breezed to a 3-0 win over Huddersfield, with Kante scoring a rare goal in the process.

But the tactics are not the only thing changing at Cobham with Sarri ditching many of the strict rules implemented by Conte that left some Chelsea players disillusioned with life in west London.

Sarri is aiming to slacken the rigid guidelines put in place by his predecessor in a bid to get his side in the right frame of mind following a miserable defence of their Premier League title last term, in which they finished fifth.

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