'Sarri managed to salvage Chelsea’s season after he started to realise the error of his ways'
- Chelsea manager's stubborn tactics caused a huge amount of criticism from fans and experts alike.
- However, the Italian managed to steady the ship and get over his predictability.
WhoScored's Josh Wright reviewed Chelsea's Premier League campaign and gave due credit to Maurizio Sarri for having admitted his mistakes just in time to lead Chelsea to their objectives.
"It took a long time, and by that point it was almost too late, but Maurizio Sarri managed to salvage Chelsea’s season after he started to realise the error of his ways.
"During Chelsea’s worst periods this season, supporters were disgruntled by Sarri’s predictability, particularly with his starting XIs and substitutions. It didn’t take a genius to know Sarri would make two substitutions midway through the second half and they would almost always be Ross Barkley on for Mateo Kovacic or Willian on for Pedro, or vice versa.
"Neither Ruben Loftus-Cheek nor Callum Hudson-Odoi could get near the team and his man-management of the latter was only working against the club’s desire to secure his long-term future. To Sarri’s credit, that changed in the second half of the season and there were first-team chances for both.
"It may be too late in the day to convince Hudson-Odoi to stay but Sarri certainly has a better chance of being a success at Stamford Bridge if he continues to roll with the punches rather than battle against them. Next season will be another huge test for Chelsea if they do not lift a FIFA-imposed transfer ban and Sarri will need to utilise his full squad rather than alienate it."