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