Chelsea ended ties with Antonio Conte last season after series of unimpressive results which lead to their inability to qualify for this season’s Champion League competition.
In all fairness, Antonio Conte didn’t do too badly while at Stamford Bridge as the former Juventus manager led the team to a Premier League glory and FA Cup glory in just two seasons.
However, his unhealthy relationship with his employers and players, coupled with unwanted results, lead to his dismissal by the end of last season.
After many rumours over Conte’s replacement, Chelsea eventually reached an agreement with Maurizio Sarri to become their manager.
The blues have been in a great form since Sarri took over from his compatriot in August and they are presently looking much like title contenders.
The former Napoli manager didn’t just change the club’s tactic from 3-4-3 to 4-3-3, he equally brings confidence, hopes and belief to the whole team.
His experience and tactical approach to games is one of the requirements needed by the Blues to return back to reckoning after failing to win the Premier League trophy last season.
One area that has witnessed major transformation under Sarri is the Blues attacking front line.
Towards the end of Conte’s reign, the Stamford Bridge outfits found it so hard to score goals despite creating much goalscoring chances.
The goalscoring crises forced Conte into completing a shock move for former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud during January transfer window.
Despite signing the Frenchman, Chelsea’s complacency in front of goal continued as Alvaro Morata and Giroud couldn’t get the goals needed.
After 12 Premier League games under Sarri, Chelsea fans are happy with club’s decision to hire the Italian manager.
This is as a result of the resurgence they’ve seen in their strikers which have seen them scored 26 goals.
Apart from the Blues newfound goalscoring feat, every segment of the team are experiencing tremendous transformation and that might just be enough to see them win the League.
Sarri’s effect on the team has also seen a highly defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante feature in a more advanced position at the middle of the park alongside summer signing Jorginho.
The Frenchman who is publicly known as no-nonsense midfielder is being converted to an attacking midfielder and he’s being awesome in his new role.
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Furthermore, the addition of Keppa Arrizabalaga has somewhat brought confidence to the team’s defenders who have kept five clean sheets from 12 matches.
Though Chelsea played a goalless draw against Everton last night, they are definitely in the race for Premier League glory this season.
Meanwhile, it seems to be a very interesting race for the title this season as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are yet to taste defeat in the League.
Manchester City thrashed their bitter rivals and neighbours Manchester United 3-1 at Etihad to remain at the top of the table.
Jurgen Klop’s men recorded a 2-0 victory over Fulham yesterday thanks to goals from Salah and Shaqiri. They remain second on the log.
Chelsea are third on the table but on the same points with Liverpool.
Writing off Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for the title definitely look too soon as the three are still very much in the chase.
Arsenal have been brilliant since Emery took over from 68-year-old Frenchman Arsene Wenger. They might be the dark horse in the tittle race.
The big mistake Chelsea made with Gonzalo Higuain
In a bid to have a firing attack, English Premier League outfit Chelsea went ahead to secure the signature of Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus on a loan deal but with an option of a buy at the end of the season.
Before his signature, The West London outfit suffered lack of cutting edge in their attack with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to deliver goals and that went a long way in affecting their season especially in the first half.
The Blues boss Maurizio Sarri had insisted in Gonzalo Higuain as the best fit to solve the problem at the attack and the player he wants to work with owing to their past relationship, a decision that was greeted by divergent reactions.
However, it has been suggested that the Blues boss made a big mistake to have moved in for Gonzalo Higuain despite scoring twice since he joined the club.
The Blues are told they should have moved in for Krzysztof Piatek who was in great form with Italian Serie A outfit Genoa before moving to AC Milan and he has been an unchanged figure at the San Siro.
Krzysztof Piatek has been scoring in virtually all games with their last game inclusive. That is what Chelsea were actually looking for.
The decision Sarri must make to stop the criticism of Jorginho
There is no doubt that Jorginho is the most criticized player in the Chelsea team owing to his poor performances in recent times.
According to former Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov, Jorginho is badly treated by the fans and pundits for their criticisms of the player because of his kind of passes that is not seen as progressive.
The record has it that Jorginho has the highest number of pass3es in the Premier League but that has not been regarded by the fans because they are mostly backward and sideways passing which has not helped the team in going forward.
Berbatov has now come to the defence of the former Napoli player, stressing that he is a very good player but what is needed to be done is a change in decision by the Italian manager Maurizio Sarri to be able to bring the best out of the star player.
The former United player stated that Jorginho has been proven in Italy to be a good player, not9ing that what the former Napoli boss must do is to have French powerhouse N’Golo Kante close to him so that the best of hi can be seen.
According to him the job of passing and having to get hold of the midfield could be a more tasking job for Jorginhio.
Why Chelsea under Sarri is different from Chelsea in my time, Zola
English Premier League outfit Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has made it clear that this Blues team under manager Maurizio Sarri are different from the team he played in during his time as a player at the Stamford Bridge.
According to Gianfranco Zola, this Chelsea team are short in the way they react to defeat and that needs to be worked upon because it could cost them the entire season.
The West London outfit suffered a 6-0 humiliation in the hands of Man City which humbled the team. The Blues team were able to bounce back with a 2-1 win over Malmo in the Europa League but there are still doubts over the reaction of the team and the ability to play under the manager’s style.
Sarri had earlier blasted the players for being difficult to motivate before he claimed they had no idea about his playing style which remains a worrisome development for fans and pundits on how they will excel without knowing how to play the manager’s style.
However, Chelsea are hoping to bounce back with the Italian manager under pressure to deliver at the club or risk being sacked as speculations over his future is increasing by the day.
Why it’s time for Chelsea to bid farewell to this defender
Nigerian international Kenneth Omeruo has been a Chelsea player for many years but he has spent most of his spell away on loan to other clubs because of his inability to make the first team spot at the club despite the potentials he showed when he first appeared on the scene.
This may be time for him to leave as it is reported that he now has a lot of offers from clubs in Spain and Germany as it is not sure he would be needed at the Stamford Bridge again.
So far, Kenneth Omeruo has been loaned to Middlesbrough, Holland and Turkey before heading to Spain and there is no hope of his return back to the Stamford Bridge.
Suggestions are that Chelsea are not ready to stop the Nigerian international at the moment with offers expected to be submitted for his signature ahead of the coming summer transfer window.
The 25-year-old is enjoying a fine form in his current club at the Spanish La Liga and that has attracted interests from a number of clubs.
However, suggestions are that his current side Leganes will do all it takes to land him on a permanent deal an improved offer to be able to win the race for his signature.
How Chelsea would have lost star player to PSG
Reports from France revealed that Chelsea would have lost their powerhouse and French midfielder N’Golo Kante following an attempt by French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain to snap him up.
According to reports, N’Golo Kante received a big money offer from PSG but he turned it out as he insisted on staying with the West London outfit for the time being.
N’Golo Kante has been a subject of interest from a number of big European guns with Spanish La Liga sides, Barcelona and Real Madrid battling o land him while German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also monitoring the situation with the player.
It was earlier reported that N’Golo Kante would be leaving the West London outfit after he was disposed of his natural role by manager Maurizio Sarri in favour of Jorginho.
All of the negatives at the club have not been considered by the former Leicester City star who demanded to remain despite the big money offer from his country club, according to French outlet Le10 Sport.
There are claims that PSG were ready for £100 million talks with the Blues and a huge weekly wage with the player but he was not ready to be a part to that.
Why Sarri should now look away from Jorginho
There is no doubt that English Premier League outfit Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has much love for Jorginho, probably because of their relationship as they both came from the Italian Serie A outfit Napoli in the last summer window.
The first decision made by the Chelsea boss is to have Jorginho take over the role of French powerhouse N’Golo Kante at the midfield with the former Leicester City man moved to a more advanced role.
This was met with criticisms with pundits disagreeing with the Italian boss on his decision as they affirm that N’Golo Kante is the right man as the midfield holder. Jorginho was heavily criticized and blamed for his poor outing against Man City which led to their embarrassing defeat.
Whoever, Maurizio Sarri has been told he has no reason to stick to Jorginho as he has got Ethan Ampadu to count on for the job.
Ethan Ampadu who failed to make an impact in the first opportunity given to him against Sheffield in the Wednesday FA Cup is tipped to still hold the key to the club’s future because of the potentials that are glaring for all to see.
However, pundits have held the opinion that Kante is allowed to return back to his natural role.
Why Sarri’s sack is not negotiable
There are suggestions that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will not last any longer as the Blues boss after it has been revealed that the players have been given the hint.
The speculations over the future of the Italian boss became more serious when he led his side to suffered an embarrassing 6-0 defeat against Manchester City which raised doubts over his ability as a sound manager.
However, there are reports that the players are now aware that Maurizio Sarri would be sacked especially if he fails to win any of his next coming games against Man United – the FA Cup, another clash against Man City in the Carabao Cup finals before setting up a Premier League clash against Tottenham consecutively.
A Daily Mail report claims that one of the players has confided in his adviser hinting that Maurizio Sarri could be sacked if he fails to win one out of the next two games.
This places the manager in a very tight situation knowing that his side are not in a good form and he has so far struggled against big sides.
It is claimed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is unhappy with the situation and will not like to feel inferior amongst big sides like Liverpool and Man City.
Tiemoue Bakayoko gives incredible claim on his Chelsea spell
If the words of Tiemoue Bakayoko are anything to go by, he would not return as a Chelsea player again and will rather remain permanently with Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is currently having a loan spell at the San Siro and it has been a one to remember that the year he spent with the Stamford Bridge knowing that he struggled to impress at the West London outfit.
With the latest assessment for AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, Tiemoue Bakayoko is now impressing and he is already being loved by the fans because the manager made it clear that he is now a major part of the team and has helped in the progress made so far.
Tiemoue Bakayoko stated that the reason why he left Chelsea was because he couldn’t give in much performance and it was obvious the club did not want him anymore.
According to him, he was disappointed because he wanted to be part of the club’s history which did not happen along the way before he jumped into a move to the Italian giants.
He noted that leaving Chelsea was an easy decision to make because he was no longer in the plans of the manager.
Why Gary Cahill’s career at Chelsea might have come to an end
There are fears that the time of England international Gary Cahill at the English Premier League outfit Chelsea is finally winding down.
The legendary player was snubbed when the West London outfit faced Malmo in the Europa League clash where Chelsea secured a 2-1 win in the game.
Gary Cahill has been out of favour at the Stamford Bridge but it was expected that he be handed a playing time in the European League game but that did not happen and the player was stunned.
The Telegraph reports that Gary Cahill is disappointed at the snub by the Italian boss with claims that he is being made to feel like a ghost in the team.
It has been revealed that Gary Cahill has not been having a talking relationship with the former Napoli coach and that hints that his contract with the club will wind down without being renewed.
Gary Cahill has a six months deal remaining at the Stamford Bridge and there is no indication that he would be handed a new deal with no talks on the table.
However, it is expected that the former Bolton defender finds his way out of the club at the end of the season with a number of interests already on the table.
Star striker speaks on move to Chelsea
German Bundesliga outfit Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has spoken on the interest in his signature from English Premier League outfit Chelsea ahead of the coming summer window.
The star striker has been linked with a number of big money moves with expectations that he would leave the Bundesliga outfit ion the last winter window.
The likes of Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona have been linked with a move for Luka Jovic as a result of his impressive performance so far this season.
However, Luka Jovic has confessed to have received a bid from the West London outfit, stressing that it is a pride for him to be linked with such a great European club.
He, therefore, noted that he is happy with his Bundesliga side and will be hoping to concentrate on his play at the club so as to continue his progress.
Manager Maurizio Sarri has identified Luka Jovic as a player who could replace Olivier Giroud who is also linked with a move away from the club in the coming summer window.
The West London outfit lacked a cutting edge in their attack at the beginning of the season which is the reason why the decision was made to bring in Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus.
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