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Despite Maurizio Sarri blasting the players in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, David Luiz has said the manager has the full support of the Chelsea players who have signed up to his philosophy.
Luiz, who has become a pivotal figure in Sarri’s team after being sidelined last season by Antonio Conte, said it is remarkable how quickly Sarri has been successful in implementing his playing philosophy at the club.
While that was successful initially, Chelsea’s form has slumped of late with just two wins in their last five matches in all competitions, failing to score in three of those.
Arsenal and a resurgent Manchester United are just three points off Chelsea, who occupy the fourth and last Champions League spot.
Sarri is trying to rectify the scoring problem by offloading misfiring Spaniard Alvaro Morata and signing veteran Argentine Gonzalo Higuain who flourished under him at Napoli.
Luiz said the manager “was not happy” after the match “but nobody was happy, so it was normal.”
However, the 31-year-old Brazil international defender said the players were all behind Sarri.
“Everybody is trusting his job and everybody is with him,” said Luiz.
However, he said pointedly there was nothing wrong with the strategy and that they just need to be sharper in front of goal.
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“It is our style, it is our philosophy,” said Luiz.
“I think if you asked at the beginning of the season, ‘can Chelsea keep the ball?’ — you would have said no.
“And now we are able to do that, like the best teams in the world, but then we have (to) improve our last 25 metres.”
However, the biggest bone of contention has been the Italian’s decision to use Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard as a “false nine” which has apparently not been to the player’s liking.
But Luiz added “What he has done has been amazing, so we have to try to improve the details now.”
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