|While Liverpool top the Premier League table going into the first international break of the campaign, Chelsea have also won all four of their top-flight games under new head coach Maurizio Sarri.
On Saturday afternoon, Sarri’s team recorded a 2-0 win over Bournemouth through second-half goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard. No doubt the Blues were not at their best, but they are quietly picking up the points.
Italian boss Sarri has a very specific style of play labelled by the press as ‘Sarri-ball’. It was highly successful at Napoli, helping the club from Naples push perennial champions Juventus close for the Scudetto in recent years.
Sarri has stated in the past that it may take time for his players to get accustomed to his system and for him to instil his ideas into the Blues squad. Considering his players are not accustomed to his system, they have been picking the points up anyway.
Chelsea may not have been that convincing this season, but good teams win even when they are not playing well. In fact, the cliché goes that good teams win if when are playing poorly.
The international break may have come at a bad time for the team from the capital, as they have built up some momentum, results-wise anyway.
Sarri’s team face Cardiff and West Ham in their next two top-flight games before a potential testing home game against title-rivals Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. The Italian head coach was brought in to get Chelsea back into the top-four, then attempt to challenge for the Premier League title.
However, if the Blues continue in their current vein of form, they may mount a realistic title challenge in his Sarri’s debut campaign. The former Napoli boss may not win the title in his debut campaign like his predecessor, but the Blues definitely seem like a bigger threat to reigning champions Manchester City this season.