Maurizio Sarri has the full support of the Chelsea players who have signed up to his philosophy says David Luiz despite the manager blasting them in the wake of Saturday ’ s 2 – 0 defeat to Arsenal.Luiz , who has become a pivotal figure in Sarri ’ s team after being sidelined last season by Antonio Conte , said it is remarkable how quickly Sarri has been successful in implementing his playing philosophy at the club .
While that was successful initially , Chelsea ’ s form has slumped of late with just two wins in their last five matches in all competitions , failing to score in three of those .
Arsenal and a resurgent Manchester United are just three points off Chelsea , who occupy the fourth and last Champions League spot.
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Sarri is trying to rectify the scoring problem by offloading misfiring Spaniard Alvaro Morata and signing veteran Argentine Gonzalo Higuain who flourished under him at Napoli .
Luiz said the manager “ was not happy ” after the match “ but nobody was happy , so it was normal. ”
However , the 31 -year – old Brazil international defender said the players were all behind Sarri .
“ Everybody is trusting his job and everybody is with him , ” said Luiz .
However , he said pointedly there was nothing wrong with the strategy and that they just need to be sharper in front of goal .
“ It is our style , it is our philosophy, ” said Luiz .
“ I think if you asked at the beginning of the season , ‘ can Chelsea keep the ball ?’ — you would have said no .
“ And now we are able to do that , like the best teams in the world , but then we have ( to ) improve our last 25 metres . ”
Sarri has changed things around from Conte ’ s time at the club .
Italy international Jorginho — whom he signed from Napoli — has been deployed in the central midfield role which has resulted in N ’ Golo Kante being moved to an unfamiliar wider role .
However , the biggest bone of contention has been the Italian’ s decision to use Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard as a “ false nine ” which has apparently not been to the player ’ s liking .
Luiz , though, is full of praise for Sarri .
“ What Sarri has done until now is unbelievable , amazing , because normally ( for) a team to understand this philosophy needs one or two years , like Manchester City and Liverpool , who are playing very well with the ball now , ” said Luiz .
“ What he has done has been amazing , so we have to try to improve the details now . ”
( AFP )
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