A few weeks ago, James Richardson practically resurrected Football Italia for a 10-minute segment he filmed at Cobham training ground, talking with Gianfranco Zola (who likens Sarri-ball to “an orchestra”), Jorginho, and of course the man himself, Maurizio Sarri — in Italian to try to make the coach who exclaims “my love is for football, not TV cameras!” a bit more comfortable.
The whole segment is well worth your time if you haven’t seen it yet. It was released on Chelsea’s official app last month, and now it’s finally made its way to a far more accessible platform, YouTube! Hurray.
Go forth and commence viewing (or click the embedded video at the top)!
If you’ve been paying attention, none of what is said by either of the three interviewees is all that new or shocking, but after last night’s performance, they bear repeating. Sarri, for example, says that Chelsea are operating at about 50 per cent Sarrismo — the interview itself was done at some point during the October international break, as far as I can deduce — which makes sense as we continue to harp on defensive cohesion, transition, and control.
Jorginho, the “reference point”, as Sarri calls him, on and off the pitch, explains it thusly.
“I think we’re only at the start. We have a long way to go in that I think we can do a lot better in our defensive game, in the transition phase when we lose the ball. We can, I think, press much more quickly and allow fewer counter attacks.
“They are the little details that bit by bit we’re hoping to sort out.
-Jorginho; source: ChelseaTV
Wednesday night’s performance, second-string or not, was a step back in that figuring out process. But that’s what training is for, right?