New boss Maurizio Sarri has since come under fire following their horrible defeat at the Etihad last month. Chelsea were completely routed and mauled by the Sky Blues, staining the reputation of Sarri and his tack “sarri-ball”.
Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City raised plenty of eyebrows and sparked a lot of rage.
It questioned Sarri’s approach and left questions hanging and hovering in the media whether sarri-ball was really the new direction for Chelsea.
Sarri is an adamant bloke for a manager. He is stubborn and struggles to tweak his tactics when Chelsea are on the backfoot.
But centre-back Antonio Rudiger believes the Chelsea boss has learnt from the woeful battering experience and is now open to trying something new when things suddenly veer out of control.
Speaking at a media conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev, the Belgian revealed the coach is gradually adapting to Premier League.
He said: “I think everyone has adapted to new things – also the coach. This league is different to Italy. You have to adjust a bit.
“You saw the way we played against Tottenham and Manchester City (in the Carabao Cup final). It was different to the way we played in the first three months.
“He learned from that league game against Manchester City. There, we went high, we went to press, we wanted to win the ball and everyone knows what happened.”
Chelsea are sixth, two points off Manchester United who are in fourth place.