After Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace last weekend, Maurizio Sarri equaled a 24-year record, matching former Nottingham Forest manager Frank Clark and going unbeaten for his first 11 Premier League games. Currently, the Blues are just two points off the top of the table and we can say that a big part of this is the manager’s merit.
The great part is the Maurizio Sarri managed to achieve all these without making very big changes, as Kepa, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic were the only high-profile signings he made, so he’s now basically using almost the same team that finished just 5th in the 2017/18 season.
However, we just can’t ignore how he transformed a couple of players, like Ross Barkley or Alvaro Morata, both of them being in an excellent form. Morata is once again the striker he was at Juventus, scoring three in his last two league games, while Barkley was providential in several games, especially against Manchester United, when he scored in the last minute.
All these are happening because Maurizio Sarri changed Chelsea’s training methods.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 8. November 2018
“He [Morata] will not be doing weights,” the manager said during a press conference when asked about his techniques. “Yesterday he had aerobic training. Five seconds, ten seconds, 15 seconds, recovery. Today he will have strength training – but we don’t use any weights.”
“It’s all natural work that we do in the gym. Nobody does weights. I’ve never seen a player with a weight on the pitch.”
And we’re convinced that Sarri might well be onto something, as his players are now focusing on both cardio and stretching in order to have a great tone.
Sure, it might sound unnatural for a professional athlete to avoid weight training, but still, Chelsea’s players are in peak physical condition!