Ex-Chelsea striker says Maurizio Sarri will be sacked before the weekend
Watching his side crash out of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United on Monday night, Maurizio Sarri’s short tenure at Stamford Bridge could be coming to an abrupt end.
Sat outside of the top-four and having his substitutions booed by disgruntled fans in West London, former Blues striker Chris Sutton believes the Italian won’t make it to the weekend.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat, the BBC Radio 5 live pundit also stated that he feels fingers will be pointed at Roman Abramovich if the club’s owner does not dismiss Sarri.
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Sarri already finished at Chelsea?
With Chelsea fans joining in Manchester United’s chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” on Monday night, the Blues’ 12-match unbeaten start to the season seems a million miles away.
Sarri has now seen his side lose three of their last four domestic matchups, and their 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City last week was Chelsea’s worst defeat in 28 years.
With many around Stamford Bridge believing that this is currently the worst spell in Abramovich’s 19-year era, Sutton added that an immediate change in manager is needed in SW6.
Making 28 appearances for Chelsea between 1999 and 2000, the former Blues striker said:
“This is Maurizio Sarri’s last game at Chelsea. The Italian job is over for them, he’s done.
He’ll get the sack for numerous reasons – things he’s said, that he can’t motivate the players, his inability to be able to adapt and change.
They’re a one-trick pony. Everyone knows the way they are playing. That will ultimately be his downfall.
He won’t survive tonight. Well he might until 9am tomorrow.
Why risk him taking charge of a game against Manchester City?”
Arguably another key factor in Sarri’s potential departure could be Chelsea’s ongoing issue with wantaway winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Despite rejecting the 18-year-old’s wish to move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last month, the former Napoli boss once again left Hudson-Odoi as an unused substitute on Monday.
While the Chelsea board are desperate for the England U19 international to extend his deal, the forward has played just 19 minutes since the January transfer window closed.
Sarri remains defiant
While chants of “f*** Sarri-ball” may indicate Chelsea fans are wanting their 14th different manager in 19 years, the 60-year-old remains defiant amidst the Blues’ crisis.
Sarri was paying little attention to the fan unrest after crashing out of the FA Cup on Monday and believes a string of good results will get the Stamford Bridge faithful back on side.
When asked if the hostile atmosphere around Stamford Bridge was a concern, the Italian responded by saying:
“No, I am worried about the results. Not about the fans. I can understand the situation and our fans, because the result wasn’t really good. We are out of the FA Cup, so I can understand our fans. But I am worried at the moment about our results.”
Next up, Chelsea will host Swedish outfit Malmo at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League on Thursday, a game that has growing importance on Sarri’s bid to keep his job.
Sadly for the Blues boss, Sunday’s trip to Wembley could be his real test and his final chance to impress Abramovich.
10 days removed from their 6-0 hammering at the Etihad, Chelsea will meet Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in the Carabao Cup Final.
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