Many Chelsea fans have found it a real struggle watching Maurizio Sarri this season.
The Italian manager has been so stubborn in his tactics, team selections and substitutions that it’s seemed at times almost like he’s trolling the fans of the club he manages.
Certainly when the Kovacic-Barkley switch was wheeled out for the 20th time a couple of weeks ago, there were howls of disbelief, and a real feeling that he was taking the mickey.
This weekend showed some signs of change however, although we fear it may be too late.
The first sign that Sarri’s thinking is starting to align with the fans at the Bridge (at long last) was when he brought on Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi after Wolves scored. Chelsea fans would liked to have seen at least one of them start, but bringing them on sharpish was progress for sure.
The other move was the switch from a 433 to a 4231, once Jorginho had gone off. Sarri said himself after the game that it was the first time the team had switched formation under him, which feels like a bit of a landmark moment.
So he is hearing our cries, but will his slowness to accept change make the board reluctant to keep him in the summer? We don’t have to wait long to find out.