In the wake of Chelsea’a defeat to Manchester United, club fans have requested Sarri should be relieved of his duties, with many saying the manager is simply too stubborn to see the obvious problem right in from of him.
However, Maurizio Sarri has no intention of changing his system, especially with the unanswered questions over N’golo Kante featuring in a more attacking role under the manager’s infamous Sarri-ball rather than his usual defensive duties as under Antonio Conte.
With Sarri obviously under immense pressure at turn club, the manager was posed with a question on whether his refusal to return Kante to his usual position could be causing more harm than good.
In response to the question, Sarri replied that the French midfielder lacked the necessary attributes to feature in a defensive role in his current system.
“In that position, I want a player able to move the ball very fast,” he said.
“This is not the best characteristic of N’Golo. N’Golo is very useful for us, but this one is not his best characteristic.”
When prompted with the fact that Kante had a world cup and a Premier League trophy, the manager responded saying: “But in another system”.
He went on to explain:
“The system is a false problem”
“I know very well that when we’re losing, I have to put a striker on the pitch. When we’re winning, I have to put a defender on the pitch. But I want to see the football in another way.
“I can understand very well the frustration of our fans because they are used to winning. And now we are in trouble so I can understand it very well. But there isn’t another way. We only need to have good performances and good results.”
“As you know very well, it’s not very easy because we have no time,” he said. “But we are trying to solve our problems. It’s not easy. Because, on the pitch, we have no time at the moment. But we are trying to talk with the players. We are trying to avoid some mistakes by video. But it’s not easy because we have to play every three days. On the pitch, we have no time.
“I have to think we are able to improve, and able to improve immediately. The result is not all in a match. In the last match we played better, better and better, especially in the first half. We have to solve a big problem because we stayed in the other half for 75 minutes out of 90 and were not able to score. They only played 15 or 16 balls into our box and scored two goals. So we have to solve this problem: a problem of aggression and determination in both boxes.”