Chelsea news: ‘Maurizio Sarri would rather lose’ than park the bus against Man City | Football | Sport
Chelsea boss Sarri has been a revelation since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
He’s turned Chelsea into an attractive team and has them back challenging for the top four after a disastrous second season under Antonio Conte.
But Chelsea have now lost two games on the bounce – to Tottenham and Wolves – and questions are starting to be asked.
But Nevin thinks Sarri will stick to his style even if it means dropping points.
Sarri’s Chelsea face Manchester City on Saturday, and Nevin expects them to play in their usual style.
“One thing is for sure, Maurizio Sarri will not be parking any buses in either game,” Nevin said before the defeat to Wolves on the Chelsea website.
“Chelsea will try to play on the front foot whoever it is against.
“I suspect he would rather lose having a go at three points than grind out a boring, stale 0-0 draw and nicking an undeserved single point.
“It is not the professional, business-like attitude many have in modern football but I am all for that philosophy.”
That approach is a stark contrast to former Chelsea bosses Conte and Jose Mourinho, who would favoured a win at all costs method.
But Sarri is a different man and wants his players to conduct themselves with style.
However the Italian did question his players after they lost 1 one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Wolves on Wednesday.
“I think we played very well for 55 minutes,” Sarri said.
“After the first [Wolves] goal – that was an accident because we were in full control of the match – we were suddenly another team, without the right distances, without our football.
“I don’t know why. I am really worried not for the result but for the fact that we didn’t react to the first goal of the opponent.”
And he admitted taking on City, under Pep Guardiola, was a daunting prospect.
“For me, City is the best team in Europe and maybe in the world,” he said.
“So the match is difficult for this reason. Of course, after this match, we lost confidence, but maybe it’s better because sometimes my players show me that they have too much confidence.”