Jamie Redknapp has warned Chelsea that they may need to think about a ‘Plan B’ when they play Man City on Sunday afternoon, saying that their usual football will not work.
There was much excitement in the summer following the arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, with his famed ‘Sarri-ball’ style of play earning rave reviews during his time in charge at Napoli.
To ease the transition, he brought Jorginho with him from Naples, with the Italian midfielder dictating the play under Sarri over in Serie A, and despite getting off to a fine start to life in the Premier League, the 27-year-old has started to struggle, with opposition managers man marking him to limit his influence.
Chelsea became the first domestic team to beat Man City this season, winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in early December, but speaking ahead of this weekend’s return fixture, Jamie Redknapp has said that the Blues could be ‘blown away’ if they play like they play like they have done recently.
“Chelsea were hanging on at times at 1-0, and if they go to the Etihad and play like they have away from home against some of the big sides, they’ll get blown away,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“I’m all for playing nice football, and technically I love seeing the way Pep’s teams play and when teams play it into midfield. But if Chelsea go to City and think they can play out of the back in the first 10 minutes, into Jorginho’s feet and then out to the full-backs again with that nice pace, make no mistake, they will be one or two down before you know it.
“They are going to have to find a different way of playing – maybe it’s a direct Plan B – but just don’t invite City onto you.”
However, Redknapp does seem pretty impressed with the capture of Gonzalo Higuain on loan…
“They have Gonzalo Higuain, who is a predator, a master goalscorer, that’s what he does. There’s definitely a good relationship between Eden Hazard and Higuain.”
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