It’s been a difficult week for Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri as the Blues suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night – the loss marked Chelsea’s worst defeat in 22 years.
Chelsea are now out of the four, and Sarri-ball doesn’t seem to work anymore as teams have understood how to beat Sarri’s tactics with ease. Chelsea have found it hard to score goals, and Sarri has insisted on using the same formation and tactics time in time out.
Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux has warned Sarri that it’s time for him to change his tactics now, or else the team will continue to suffer.
“Sarri has to adapt,” Le Saux told The Express.
“He has to be willing to change his system – otherwise his problems are just going to get worse.
“They say that one definition of madness is that if something is not working, you keep doing the same thing over and over again. Right now, that seems to be the problem with Chelsea.
“I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong.
“Bournemouth caused problems for Chelsea that they just did not know how to cope with. To be a top team, you have to be able to adapt.
“Jurgen Klopp tweaks his system at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola does it at Manchester City. But I have not seen Sarri do it.
“This is a defining period for Sarri. He has huge league games coming up against City and Spurs. If they put up a performance like the other night they are going to be in trouble.”
Chelsea fans were so disillusioned with the manager after the defeat to the Cherries and chanted that the Italian doesn’t know what he’s doing.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Huddersfield, Sarri apologised to the fans and begged for patience.
He said: “As I said in the press conference after the Bournemouth game, first of all we have to say sorry because the result was a disaster so I can understand them very well.
“They have to be patient with us at the moment because we are trying to do something great and it’s not easy. We have to work, we have to improve. We will lose matches but we are trying to do our best.”