Maurizio Sarri
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  • Maurizio Sarri gives indication of his tactical intentions going forward.
  • Sarri stuck with his false 9 system, even with Pedro going off injured.
  • Do you agree, Blues? Let us know your thoughts on @TalkChelsea.

Maurizio Sarri gave a clear indication of his tactical intentions during Chelsea’s clash with Watford on Wednesday night.

Much was said about ‘Sarriball’ amid all the excitement of Sarri signing along the dotted line in the summer, and though we’ve had glimpses, we are some way off reaping the full rewards of our manager’s tactical expertise.

Regardless of whether you have faith in Sarri and the system that he is attempting to implement at Stamford Bridge, one thing is for certain – he has faith in his own methods.

That was clear to see as Sarri named the exact same starting eleven which was defeated by Leicester City at the weekend. Despite criticism of our performance throughout the few days following the match, he stuck to his guns.

When Pedro pulled up injured towards the end of the first-half against Watford, we thought that it would finally be time for Sarri to tinker with his system.

He had Olivier Giroud on the bench, surely it would be logical to put him down the middle and push Eden Hazard out-wide? For us less educated tacticians, it would, but Sarri brought on Callum Hudson-Odoi and left Hazard at false 9.

Sarri was as close to being forced into a tactical change as he’s going to get, yet he entrusted both a youngster and his system to get the job done. False 9 is going nowhere, so get used to it!

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