In one of the popular managerial shifts that occurred during the summer, former Napoli head coach, Maurizio Sarri was lured to the Stamford Bridge to take charge of Chelsea, following the sacking of fellow Italian tactician, Antonio Conte.
It is just about 5 weeks into the season and the change has started paying off, with the Italian leading Chelsea to earn victories in 5 of their 6 Premier League games so far, scoring a whopping 14 goals in the process and establishing the Blues in the top-3 zone of the Premier League table. He has also earned a decent start to his Europa League campaign, defeating Greek outfit PAOK Thessaloniki 1-0 in their opening fixture – thanks to a brilliant goal from Willian.
Change is evident under Sarri, with the manager having introduced a pro-attacking and possession-based style of play at Stamford Bridge which has helped him to get the best out of his players. All his superstars are now awake, firing on all cylinders and ready to put up a fight for everything this season.
Spanish International Marcos Alonso is one of the Chelsea superstars that have earned a decent start to life under Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge this season.
The 27-year-old has firmly established himself under the Italian, producing a couple brilliant performances and earning a lot of plaudits for his incredible displays. So far, he has featured in all of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season and he also earned a call-up to represent the Spanish national team recently.
Alonso has been really effective with Sarri’s style, helping in building up plays from the back, holding possession as well as bursting down the left flank to support attacks at opportune moments.
Following a brilliant FIFA World Cup campaign in which Ngolo Kante helped his nation to claim the prestigious trophy in Russia, the Frenchman has come back to club level in great form, quickly establishing himself as a vital cog in Maurizio Sarri’s squad at Chelsea.
Kante has been a great influence in the middle of the pitch ever since the season began, using his incredible physicality and amazing work-rate to provide balance and composure as well as adding rigidity and compactness to Chelsea’s midfield.
The French International has been given an extra responsibility to contribute more offensively and he has impressed with the role so far, helping to fetch the ball from deep and taking it into attacking zones. He has recorded 7 appearances under Sarri this season and he remains one of the most influential figures in the squad at the moment.