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Maurizio Sarri’s effect – How Sarri turn Chelsea to tittle contender




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.

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.

I am a student of journalism, a part-time blog admin, football writer and analyst