A season that started brightly for Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri is collapsing with each passing day. The Blues were unbeaten in every competition until the 3-1 loss to Tottenham in November.
Tottenham worked out how to nullify Sarri-ball and Chelsea have struggled ever since. There were talks of Chelsea challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the title early this season but the Blues have now dropped out of the top four.
Five wins out of 10 and humiliating defeat to Manchester City (6-0) and Bournemouth (4-0) have seen fans question the effectiveness of Sarri-ball.
Opposition teams now know how to play Chelsea and Sarri has been stubborn to make adjustments to his philosophy.
Chelsea were dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday night in a game in which Chelsea had just two shots on target and there are fears the Blues could be humiliated again by Manchester City on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final.
Sarri’s comments during his time as Napoli manager would be of concern to many Chelsea fans ahead of season-defining games against Malmo, Manchester City and Tottenham.
According to Football London, Sarri was asked several times during his time as Napoli manager if he would like to be remembered as the Netherlands in the 70s (their national team played the best football ever, arguably, but didn’t win the World Cup), or be flexible and compromise and win something of value.
Sarri always responded he wants to win playing like the Netherlands and won’t compromise on his style just to win a trophy.
Sarri never won a trophy during his time as Napoli boss and judging how poor Chelsea have been recently playing Sarri-ball, he might fail to win a trophy as Chelsea boss.