Maurizio Sarri wants quicker movement on and off the ball in the attacking third of the pitch, to help his Chelsea side get the three wins which would guarantee us a top-four finish in the Premier League.
We are currently sat in fourth place in the table with only three games remaining, starting with a visit to one of our challengers for a Champions League spot, Manchester United.
Discussing how this Blues side is developing in his image, Sarri highlighted the speed of play in attacking situations as an area we can still improve on to help avoid more frustrating matches like last week’s draw with Burnley, when we were unable to find the winning goal against a stubborn defence, despite dominating the latter stages of the game.
‘They are improving I think but at the moment we are not able in the offensive phase to play with the right speed, with the right intensity, but also with the right speed of the ball, because sometimes we move the ball too slow, and so we are predictable,’ he explained.
‘We need to learn to move the ball at another speed. And of course if I want to move the ball so fast I need more movement without the ball.’
The Italian also feels his arrival at Chelsea relatively late in the summer, coming to Stamford Bridge after the start of pre-season, combined with a busy schedule during a campaign in which we have played 57 matches so far, with at least five more to come, has prevented him from spending as much time on the training pitch with his squad as he would have liked.
According to Sarri, those difficulties, as well as his own need to adapt to his new surroundings in a new country, have had an impact on our progress over the course of the season as a result.
‘We had only two or three weeks for working and then at the end of August we started to play every three days,’ he siad. ‘In Naples I was able to have in every season about 60 trainings only for the defensive line and here I had about 11 or 12 trainings for the defensive line.
‘So there is a big difference, and probably I needed time to get used to the English football. I think it’s normal, it can happen. I think it was not only English football I needed to get used to, but to this club. So now I think that in the next season probably I will be able to give more to my players.’