Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri explains plan to handle Man City

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Maurizio Sarri has revealed the keys to victory for his team against Manchester City on Sunday.

Sarri believes that a similar result is well within reach for the West Londoners, if they execute his game-plan correctly.

The Blues’ biggest tactical departure this season was at home against Pep Guardiola’s side and they now prepare for round two at the Etihad Stadium

Sarri is confident that his Chelsea team can still pick up a result against Manchester City on Sunday, even if pass-master Jorginho is shut down.

The former Napoli boss has revealed Jorginho will make a difference in today’s game.

The 27-year-old has made more passes than anyone else in the Premier League this season, but Sarri is adamant that stopping Jorginho does not mean you have stopped Chelsea.

‘They are able to play if you stop Fernandinho and also we’re able to play if you stop Jorginho,’ Sarri said.

‘We have options. Maybe they have more options than us because they have worked on this for three seasons. ‘But I remember that in Naples it wasn’t a big problem if there was a man on Jorginho, so I hope it will be the same here in the future.’

The Brazilian-born midfielder has made 2,219 passes this season but is yet to provide a Premier League assist and has scored just once, from the penalty spot on the opening day of the season.

‘It will be really very difficult to be in control of the match. The match is there (in midfield), more than in the strikers,’ Sarri continued.

‘I expect Guardiola’s team want to always be in control of the match, always in possession of the ball and they’re able to do it. So it’s a very difficult match.

‘We are used to having the ball and possession so on Sunday it will be very different. ‘We will try to play our football, but if they are able to play their football, of course, you have to stay lower (deeper).’

 

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