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Shearer Lays Into Chelsea’s ‘Sarriball’ Tactics After Draw Against Wolves

Former Newcastle and England striker believes Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri should not have criticised Wolves for their defensive performance in the 1-1 draw yesterday.

The TV pundit believes the blame for the Blues dropping points yesterday lies in the Italian’s own tactics.

Shearer highlighted that Chelsea were playing too slowly to break Wolves down, and should have been playing more forward balls:

“They were too slow, they were too ponderous, and too many times, instead of having width or passing the ball forward they went sideways or backwards or not move Wolves around enough.”

After the game, Sarri also criticised his own side’s lack of tempo, which forced him into a change of system in the second half.

Significantly, the Blues boss decided to substitute Jorginho, which led to some fans cheering the decision to take the Italian international off.

Asked about Jorginho’s performance after the game, Sarri blamed the players around him for not offering enough movement:

“If the other players don’t move without the ball, Jorginho is in trouble. He is very able to play with one touch, but if you want to play one-touch football you need movements from the other players.”

Eden Hazard’s injury-time equaliser could yet still prove crucial in the race for the top four. Chelsea are three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with a game in hand.

 

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