Chelsea's head coach finds himself locked in an ideological battle with a fanbase reared on reactive, battling, never-say-die football in the mould of John Terry and Didier Drogba.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Blues star Eden Hazard is complacent and content with being second best. It's not easy for him because he became Hazard playing in another way, so I think very well it's not easy. We need to work on the basics, the primary foundations of my football, and only then will we try to change a few things. First of all I want to play my football very well.
Maurizio Sarri insisted that there was nothing wrong with Callum Hudson-Odoi after his absence from the Chelsea FC squad for their 4-0 loss at Bournemouth.
The shocking result at Dean Court ranked as Chelsea's biggest league defeat for 22 years and was their fifth loss in the last 12 Premier League games. "There are three teams above the other, in those the coach had five years, the other four and the other three".
Claiming he deserves the kind of time granted to Guardiola, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, Sarri said: "In the first season at Liverpool, Klopp was in the middle of the table".
"English football is in the hands of these teams because they had a plan and they were patient. But if I arrived here starting in a non-professional team, it's because I am a dreamer". The player has flirted with the idea since last summers World Cup and has said he will make a decision come the end of the season.
"We have only to say sorry to our fans", he said.
He said: "It depends what you want from Jorginho".
"We can improve, we can change mentality and we can play our football".
Chelsea welcome strugglers Huddersfield to Stamford Bridge this weekend, which should allow them to get the confidence boosting win they so desperately need.
"Why?" he said. "First of all, I want to do Plan A very well".
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Sarri remained bullish when quizzed on pressure and his future in the job, opting to take the opportunity to launch a defence for his tactical philosophy.