Pedro: – ‘It’s Hard to Play Sarriball’


Chelsea star Pedro has admitted that sometimes his team struggles to put Maurizio Sarri’s high-intensity tactics into practice while affirming they are 100 per cent behind the under-fire boss.

After making a bright start at Stamford Bridge, the former Napoli coach has found life in the Premier League rather trickier in recent months.

Sunday’s 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City showed how far the Blues trail the current reigning champions, while also heightening the pressure on Sarri’s shoulders.

The Italian’s ‘Sarriball’ approach has been closely discussed and analyzed since he arrived in London, but Pedro confesses that it is at times just as challenging for the players.

“All the team follows the idea of Maurizio: press really high, stays compact, and to create chances. With good possession, a lot of the ball. We can do this as a team,” the Spaniard told reporters on Wednesday.

“But sometimes it’s so difficult to play in this way. It depends upon the opponents. City played very well, so it was so difficult to press, to create between the lines and to defend.

“But it’s Maurizio’s idea, and I prefer to press high when we recover the ball to create chances, not to wait for 90 minutes to recover the ball and run 60 metres to score the goal.

“In the last few games, it’s not been in very good condition for the results. Now is a good opportunity today to win and get our best confidence.”