Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is not a happy man to please it seems despite reaching two finals and securing a top-four place in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri has admitted that he is frustrated that he has not been able to get his players to follow his philosophy, change their playing habits and hold on to the ball better.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said
‘On a purely tactical level, I am really disappointed that I haven’t been able to work on the defensive line as much, because tonight’s Eintracht goal was entirely avoidable.
‘There are many players in England who are talented, but they like to hold the ball, so it takes a while to get them to move it quicker and pass it more often.
‘They also have these forwards who have a very specific way of attacking and it’s difficult to get them to change their ways.
‘They want the ball passed right to their feet and often go into one-on-one situations. At that point, it’s counter-productive to force them to go against their nature.
He continued: ‘You run into some pretty strong cultural differences, in terms of mentality, food and doing things, so to a degree you have to show respect and adapt, which means cutting down on training sessions.
‘English players are accustomed to playing continually. It’s a high level, it’s not so different a style of football from ours now, seeing as almost all the Coaches here are Italian, Spanish, French and German, so they are starting to play a more tactically-evolved style, but while maintaining the intensity and tempo of English football.’
The thing is this, both the players and the manager will have learned from the first season under the Italian, that is if he stays in his position which is never certain at Chelsea.
You have to think that next season will see a marked improvement as there will be more familiarity from both sides, Sarri will have adapted more to the English game and in turn, the players will have adapted better to the demands on them from the boss.
The transfer ban will hinder their progress to some extent but then again, not buying anyone in two transfer windows has not done Tottenham too much harm so maybe it will not be such a big hindrance at Chelsea either.