The famous Sarriball has arrived in England. Chelsea accepted Maurizio Sarri as their new coach, and with him, one of the most intricate and complex systems Italian football has to offer. The veteran from Naples replaced a struggling Antonio Conte in the hopes of rejuvenating Chelsea and bringing them to glory once again.
It’s safe to say that regardless of the resurgent start of his English odyssey, Sarri has seen better days in his coaching years. Chelsea have been playing poorly, and their title dreams are practically out of reach just over halfway through the season in the Premier League. The team seem to be losing faith, and Sarri his control over them.
But what exactly is the problem here? Why does the famous Sarriball not work in England when in Italy it was a revolution? Is the problem in the mentality, or maybe the players themselves? Perhaps it’s just the difference in style between English and Italian football?
This tactical analysis will use statistics to try and find the solution to the mystery at hand: what is the reason behind the fall of Sarriball at Chelsea, and what seems to be different from Sarri’s time at Napoli?
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