Chelsea not ready for a tactical change, says Sarri
Maurizio Sarri has made it clear that Chelsea cannot afford to rest Jorginho until the club brings in a replacement at the base of the midfield.
Jorginho’s lacklustre outing against Newcastle in the Premier League last week evoked criticism and the manager was under pressure to tinker with his tactics.
However, the Italian has backed the summer arrival to get back to his best in the coming fixtures after following a lean patch, saying that the lack of alternatives has put added pressure on his deep-lying playmaker.
“We are not ready to change at the moment,” Sarri said.
“I can change when we are at 100 per cent in what I want to see. If [using] a 4-3-3 we are at the top, we can try to change. But not at the moment.
“It’s very difficult to say a percentage but, in England, it’s very difficult to arrive at the top because this one was the first week without three matches since August.
“So, for the first time in the last four months, we had time to try to improve. So it’s not easy in this situation to improve a lot in such little time.
“Jorginho has played with me for four seasons. It’s very difficult for him to improve more. He played very well for 20 matches, I think.
“Now, maybe, in the last two matches, he was a little bit tired. He moved the ball a little bit slower than before. But I think that it’s normal.
“You cannot stay at the top for 60 matches, so it’s normal to have a different period, a period when you are not so lucid as usual. But it’s not a big problem. Of course, it’s the reason I said we needed a replacement for Cesc.”