“They…defended really well, without playing” – Maurizio Sarri makes harsh comments on Wolves tactics in 1-1 draw

Maurizio Sarri is known for being a protagonist for possession football but it is obvious that other managers will prefer something else. Those other strategies clearly displease Sarri so much that he spoke against Nuno Espírito Santo’s style in snatching one point at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues were held by the resilient Wolves players who seemed to pay attention to every instruction given by their head coach. They had an approach established before the game and they stuck to it.

With top-four place still up for grabs and the competition stronger than ever as Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all plunged into the battle, Chelsea knew they had to win to save achieve their target. However, after going down in the first half to Raul Jimenez’s goal on the counter, it took Eden Hazard’s fine effort late in the second half to earn the point.

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Wolves defended gallantly and almost took all three points from the Bridge. Sarri though thinks Nuno’s side were not ready to keep the ball as much as the home side did.

“They [were] not organised, they defended in low density, they didn’t need any organisation in that case. We made mistakes. Today we played against a team that didn’t want to play.

So they stayed in the last 25 metres [of the pitch] and defended really well, without playing. In that case, we need to move the ball faster and movement without the ball, otherwise it is impossible to score against ten players in 20 metres. We need to do more in that kind of situation. But I think also we were unlucky to concede the goal.”

Maurizio Sarri, Metro