Yesterday’s performance, apart from the result, shows just how far Sarri has got to go to build his perfect team
Chelsea’s opening game in the EFL Cup was a good opportunity for Maurizio Sarri to hand squad players an opportunity.
Victor Moses, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were all given starts against Liverpool on Wednesday.
And although a late Eden Hazard-inspired comeback saved them, the performance as a whole shows how much work Sarri has left to do.
Although not regular first-team players, Christensen, Cahill and Moses all seemed to struggle with the possession-based style of play.
And whilst Fabregas struggled, his quality is well known so those issues can probably be put down to rustiness after recently returning from injury.
Players were constantly making mistakes in possession and defensively, Chelsea looked porous.
As a result, some of these players clearly don’t possess the necessary skills to carry out Sarri’s philosophy.
Sarri has only had one truncated transfer window to buy and sell players, with the only arrivals being Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
It’ll take a few windows for Sarri to mould the squad to his liking, with many incoming and outgoings expected.
Sarri has said that it will take him a few months to get his side playing how he wants.
But with the first team in the Premier League unbeaten, many suspected he was just trying to remove expectations.
After seeing the performances of the fringe players at Chelsea, it’s understandable why it will take some time.