Sarri emphasizes on movement off the ball in the midfield to make things happen
Maurizio Sarri believes changing the mentality of the Chelsea squad will help to remove the inconsistencies that have stalled the team’s progress in the recent weeks.
Chelsea managed to string together an unbeaten streak of 18 games in all competitions under Maurizio Sarri but the Blues have suffered a dip in their performance curve since November, losing games to Spurs, Wolves, Arsenal and Bournemouth.
And Sarri has insisted on changing the mentality of the squad to turn the results in his favour.
“Not in the past [have I managed a team that’s so inconsistent],” he told reporters.
“But my target is to improve the mentality because if we improve the mentality, I think it will be easier to arrive into every match with the right level of application and determination.
“It is not easy, of course, and it is a long way but we need to try to improve in mentality. In every training, in every match, but we need to improve.”
Sarri also emphasized on movement off the ball to open up the spaces in the midfield, which according to the manager, is necessary for Jorginho to flourish.
He added: “Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players because he is used to playing one-touch and it is very difficult to play one-touch without the movement of the other players.
“So if the team, like in the first 20-25 minutes [against Huddersfield], played very well with movements without the ball, then for Jorginho it is easier, I think. In the first 25 minutes, we played our football because we moved the ball very fast and very well.
“There was good movement without the ball. We were really very dangerous. We didn’t play with our backs to the opposing goal like in the last match, with five players doing it in the last match. We attacked the spaces and so I think that we played our football.”