Chelsea winger Pedro has said that the Maurizio Sarri’s style of football at Stamford Bridge is similar to that played by Pep Guardiola during his time at Barcelona.
Pedro played under Guardiola at Barcelona during one of the most successful and iconic spells of the Catalan side’s history, winning five La Liga titles and three Champions League winners medals.
Pedro was a key component of that successful side, and under Guardiola’s stewardship, the Blaugrana would simply pass teams to death, before releasing a killer ball in behind the defence, as well as winning the ball back quickly when out of possession – much like we see Man City doing now in the Premier League.
Now at Chelsea, the Canarian born winger thinks that Maurizio Sarri’s much-lauded ‘Sarri-ball’ philosophy shows similarities to the football that Guardiola played at the Nou Camp:
“The team is better than last season,” Pedro told the Mirror. “This coach has a very good idea to press, to attack, to play, to have more players between the lines, to create chances, and to play with a lot of possession of the ball. This is very good.
“With Sarri we are running a lot but it is different because all the time you press really high.
“With Antonio [Conte], we were maybe more compact but we defended always in our own half.
“That means that when you recover the ball to attack, you have a very long way to the opposition goal. With Sarri, when you recover the ball you are in very good position to attack. You are close to the goal to score, to create chances.
“It is the most important thing and the most important difference from last season to this season. It is a very good change for the team. You can see it is better from the results we are getting.
“It is really the same idea as Barcelona under Pep Guardiola. They (Sarri and Guardiola) are very similar in their ideas, their attacking ideas are the same.”
Chelsea have got off to a fine start to the Premier League campaign, winning all five games to date, scoring 14 goals in the process.