I have to give Sarri credit because if you asked me at the beginning of the season if he would get Chelsea to the position they are right now, and playing that quality of football this quickly, I would have said no chance.
It’s always hard for a manager to adjust to their new team, and often you will see them try to bring in many new players that fit their style, but Sarri has proven that you don’t have to do that. All you have to do to make a big impact is lift the spirit of the team. You can see that he has successfully done that because everyone is motivated and happy to be part of the team, regardless of the system they are playing in.
I watched the game against Everton this weekend and it was one of the first times I have seen Chelsea struggle this season. Everton were so well organised and looked like if they were going to hurt Chelsea, it was going to be on the counter-attack. In the end I do think the 0-0 draw felt like a loss, because to stay in the title race you need to win.
Everton have always been a hard team for Chelsea to beat, but still, in the form the Blues are in they should have won that game at Stamford Bridge. A consolation for Sarri is that he broke the record for longest unbeaten start in the Premier League as a new manager at 12 games, beating Frank Clark’s record with Nottingham Forest 24 years ago.
With City leading the race and knowing that they can beat any team you just have to keep doing your job and getting maximum points on the board, just hoping that Pep’s side will slip up and you can take advantage. In this game you never know when that is going to happen – they dropped points against Burnley, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace last season. But City are so focused and looks like they have the drive to win the title again this year.
There is still a long way to go, and Chelsea just need to focus on themselves and take each game as it comes. The big clash is just a few weeks away when City visit Stamford Bridge in early December, and that could be a turning point so we need all the momentum we can get going into that game.