With Chelsea off to a perfect start in the Premier League season, here’s a look at 2 of the most influential players for Sarri in the beginning of the season.
Chelsea have started the new season in style under Maurizio Sarri after four successive league wins. Starting the new campaign with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town, the Blues have followed that impressive performance up with further wins over Arsenal, Newcastle United and Bournemouth.
Given the FA Cup holders have Cardiff City and West Ham on the agenda in the coming weeks, the Blues could well head into the Liverpool clash at the end of the month with six wins on the spin. With Pedro and Marcos Alonso receiving the plaudits so far after some eye-catching displays, data shows that Willian and Eden Hazard have also had a big impact for Sarri’s side.
Playing in the manager’s favoured 4-3-3 formation, the Italian certainly has a selection headache on his hands as he chooses two of his three attackers to start up top with either Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud. Well, with Pedro chipping in with three league goals so far this season, Willian and Hazard are making a big impression when it comes to chances created.
Although Man City’s David Silva and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah lead the way with 13 chances created so far this term, the Chelsea duo feature in the league’s top four for chances created per minute. Data shows that the Spaniard creates a chance every 18.7 minute for Pep Guardiola’s side, with Eden Hazard in second at the rate of one every 22.3 minutes.
Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez completes the top three after creating eight chances at the rate of one every 23.3 minutes, while Willian beats Jonjo Shelvey to fourth with a chance created every 24.8 minutes. Summer signing Mateo Kovacic, who started in the wins against Newcastle and Cardiff, also makes the top 20 with one chance created every 37.8 minutes.
I think when Sarri was appointed, one of the things presumed to happen was that Hazard will finally show his class under an attacking coach which he is doing. On the other hand, Sarri desperately wanted to keep Willian in the summer and he has repaid his faith with consistent performances.