Chelsea players and the coaching staff held a no-holds-barred dressing-room inquest following Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.
According to Daily Mail, some of the Chelsea players do not believe Sarri is equipped to rescue Chelsea’s season which is falling apart and they expect the board to sack the Italian in the near future.
During the meeting with Sarri on Monday, the players revealed their frustration with Sarri’s stubborn commitment to his Sarri-ball philosophy despite recent poor results.
The players were reportedly not happy with Sarri’s second half tactics in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Trailing 2-0, Sarri’s refusal to make potentially game-changing alterations and substitutions annoyed the Chelsea players. The Italian instead made like-for-like substitutions, bringing on Ross Barkley for Mateo Kovacic, Willian for Pedro and Davide Zappacosta for Cesar Azpilicueta.
His decision to bring on Zappacosta for Azpilicueta further angered the Chelsea players, given attackers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud were on the bench.
The squad are also unimpressed with Sarri fielding Jorginho rather than N’Golo Kante in the pivotal central midfield role. Kante is recognized as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and the players expect the France international to play as Chelsea’s deepest central midfielder.
Just like the players, Chelsea fans are losing faith quickly in Sarri and turned on the Italian during the 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United on Monday. Fans told the Italian exactly how they feel with chants of ‘F*** Sarri-ball’ and ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’.
The Chelsea board had a meeting on Monday to discuss the future of Sarri and have reportedly given the Italian seven days to save his job.
Chelsea face Malmo on Thursday, Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday and Tottenham on Wednesday next week. Defeat in any of these games would see Sarri get the sack.
Sarri’s assistant, Gianfranco Zola could be appointed as interim manager until the end of the season if Sarri gets sacked given his Premier League experience.