Maurizio Sarri talks about changing tactics for Manchester City game

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could change his tactics from the norm in order to cope with Manchester City and their midfield, which, according to the Italian, is the best in the world.

The former Napoli manager thinks the way City play, it forces the opposition teams to make changes in their tactics to live with that.

He deployed Eden Hazard in a false nine role when these two teams met earlier in the season, and it worked as the Blues won that game 2-0.

Sarri likes to play with that kind of system when he knows his team won’t have much possession. And the manager has hinted at tweaks in tactics ahead of the game at the Etihad.

Speaking to reporters at the training ground, the gaffer explained: “At the moment the situation is different. We have another striker [Higuain instead of Morata].

“The situation is not like the other match, so I can decide something different or have a ‘false nine’. I expect Guardiola’s team want to always be in control of the match, always in possession of the ball and they’re able to do it. So, it’s a very difficult match.

“We are used to having the ball and possession so, on Sunday, it will be very different. Maybe we have to defend lower. [In December] they were able to press us in our half. It wasn’t a choice. It was a necessity. So, I think on Sunday it will be the same.

“You know very well that the midfield of Manchester City is one of the best in the world.”

This is the first meeting of two in couple of weeks time. After Sunday’s game, they will meet again in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley on 24th February.

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