“I like playing under him” – Chelsea youngster speaks out on tactical future under Sarri

Chelsea are two games in to their preseason now, and there have been two starts for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The attacker is one of the brightest lights of the Chelsea academy, and fans are extremely excited to see how he will get on under Maurizio Sarri. Already he’s shown himself to be a key player for the Italian, and he seems to think that the manager’s tactical setup will be perfect for him to thrive in long term.

His words, taken from the Chelsea official website, go into quite a lot of detail on the subject:

“With the way the team are playing, being on the left wing is very good because you get to drive at the defenders one against one or cut inside and combine. You just play with a free mind and play how you can play, but also off the ball we press to try and win the ball high up the pitch, so we defend from the halfway line and obviously attack from there. I like playing under him.”

Clearly as an attacking player, Sarri’s system will be immediately more suited to CHO than Antonio Conte’s. Conte’s systems were always more rigid and defensively set up, while Sarri’s are more open. Additionally, Conte’s 343 got it’s width from the wing backs, while Sarri plays a 433 with more orthodox wingers staying wide on the touchline.

He’s still incredibly young, and it’s still early days, but things couldn’t have really gone much better for Callum Hudson Odoi under his new manager so far.