There were several questions to Maurizio Sarri when he first arrived at Chelsea about when Blues supporters would see his style of ‘Sarri-ball’ and it’s fair to say it has well and truly arrived.
The Blues were cruising towards victory at Southampton on Sunday afternoon as they were 2-0 up with just a few minutes of injury-time left to go and were nonchalantly passing the ball between each other.
‘Oles’ were coming from the away end, but they grew quicker and quicker as the passing between the Chelsea players upped in tempo and they saw the opportunity to actually go and get a third deep in the match.
Eden Hazard then slid the ball into the path of Alvaro Morata who delicately chipped the ball over Saints stopper Alex McCarthy to make it 3-0 and settle the match once and for all.
In total there were 31 passes in the build-up to the goal, the most in the Premier League so far this season.
31 – There were 31 passes made in the build-up to Alvaro Morata's goal for Chelsea against Southampton; the most of any goal in the Premier League this season. Slick. pic.twitter.com/1qWPuNkFJ3
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Asked if this is his style of football, Sarri said: “Something like this, something like this. We moved the ball very quick. I think one touch, sometimes two. We arrived at the goal so easy. I think it’s my football. I can see my way of football in this situation.”
With an international break now upon the players, Blues fans will be hoping to see even more of the same when Manchester United come to Stamford Bridge on October 20.