CHELSEA are well shot of Maurizio Sarri – and his style of football has been binned aswell.
The former Napoli boss came to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018 with fans looking forward to a new style of football.
But Sarri-ball proved a total flop. In fact most fans were left scratching their heads as to what it even meant.
Over-reliance on Jorginho at the base of midfield and shunting crowd-favourite N’Golo Kante into an unfamiliar position were decisions that went down like a lead balloon.
And now Frank Lampard is the boss things have already changed, according to wing-back Emerson Palmeiri.
INTENSE AND DIRECT
Speaking to the club website, the Brazilian said: “With Frank, we’re trying to play very direct football, always trying to attack and be as close to the goal as possible.
“We’re looking to get our centre-forwards into the game so that means lots of crosses into the area and balls into them.
“We’re creating chances and I’m sure the goals will follow. Against Leicester, in the first 15 minutes we had several shots on goal and against Manchester United we had both Tammy Abraham and myself hit the frame of the goal.
“Frank is always looking for us to play in that way.
“The message is all about intensity and direct, offensive football so we’re working on improving that because we know we have quality in our team.
We have so much potential to improve going forward with a manager who’s always working with us on the offensive aspect.
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“I’m really enjoying the fact we’re playing this way in such an offensive style and I’m sure the results will come.”
Emerson has been one player to benefit from Lampard taking the reins, occupying the left back/left wing-back role from Marcos Alonso.
He will be hoping to bag a starting XI spot this weekend when Chelsea travel to take on Norwich.
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