Olivier Giroud tells Chelsea FC fans about Maurizio Sarri’s attention to detail

The Frenchman is impressed with Maurizio Sarri’s thorough approach since taking over the reins at Chelsea FC

By George Hallam
Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud Photo: Chelsea FC TV

Oliver Giroud has shed light on Maurizio Sarri’s obsession with the “small details” since taking over the reins at Chelsea FC.

Chelsea FC are level on points with Liverpool FC and Manchester City, which is testament to the early success of Sarri’s methods and proof his players have bought into it despite its demands.

The Blues are level on points with their two title rivals after eight games in the Premier League, collecting 20 points form a possible 24.

Giroud says Sarri places particular emphasis on the finer details, which is quite a statement given the France striker has worked with meticulous managers such as Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.

“Basically if I’m here, he will tell me to be there,” Giroud told Chelsea FC’s website.

“He’s so precise and he wants us to be very focused on every moment of the game and what we have to do.

“The small details, for him, are so important.

“We are working a lot on tactics, on the pitch and off the pitch with videos.

“We work through video sessions and with a lot of tactics on the pitch.

“We are doing well, we have a nice understanding with each other and we know exactly what we have to do.”

After winning the league title in 2016-17, Chelsea FC struggled under Conte’s negatively perceived style of play last season.

In what was another chapter in Italian football’s long-standing love affair with defensive tactics, results waned under Conte’s defensive approach leading to Roman Abramovich bringing down the axe in the summer.

It was not enough for Abramovich to write off Italian football altogether, and he delved back into Serie A and coaxed Sarri away from a hugely successful relationship with Napoli.

Sarri notably employed a deep-lying playmaker who doubles as a holding midfielder in Jorginho.

The Italy international had the technical ability to play forward passes precisely enough that he could bypass the need to move into the transitional areas of midfield with the ball at his feet and effectively stay in a defensive position.

The result moved Napoli away from its Italian roots in the merciless Catenaccio into a free-scoring whilst still defensively resolute side.

Jorginho was brought to Chelsea FC following Sarri’s appointment and results have been instant.

Chelsea FC are strong at the back but the quality they have up front allows them to score much more freely than they could under Conte.

There are improvements that can still be made however, and the attention to detail can not and will not relent if Chelsea FC wish to see themselves as challengers for the Premier League title.

Giroud and his teammates have a lot of hard work to look forward to, but hard work, as seen so far with Chelsea FC, pays off.

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