Chelsea’s season started on a bright note under Maurizio Sarri, with the Blues playing good football and dominating games at the start of the campaign.
Chelsea were in the title race as at November and the Blues were the last team to lose a game in Europe’s top five leagues this season – with Tottenham ending Chelsea’s unbeaten run back in November.
Since then, it’s been from one struggle to another for Chelsea, and 2019 hasn’t gone on well for the Blues with Chelsea losing their last three away games in embarrassing fashion. The 2-0 away defeat to Arsenal was followed by a heavy 4-0 away defeat to Bournemouth and then a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea’s season is on the verge of a collapse as the Blues are currently sixth on the table. Maurizio Sarri is at risk of losing his job, with many criticising him for playing N’Golo Kante out of position.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that one of Sarri’s biggest problem is that he fails to rotate his side, which has made the players exhausted.
“I am not sure if I feel sorry for him simply because the way Maurizio Sarri plays is exactly how he’s playing now, but this is what he does,” Wright said.
“He doesn’t rotate to often, he plays the same players the way they are playing. It’s how he played at Napoli.
“I read something about [Aurelio] De Laurentiis – his old boss – saying he plays the same players to the point where they are exhausted.
“They are tired, they are out of energy. I just think that this team, he hasn’t got enough time to do what he needs to do with them.
“To try and get the players to understand what he’s doing in the time he’s got to do it with the amount of games that are coming up I think it’s probably hit him like tonne of bricks, really.
“I think yesterday was the culmination of it, and even at Bournemouth and watching what Bournemouth done to them it’s got to have something to do with the fact that they don’t seem prepared and organised in what they are doing.”
Wright told the Football Daily podcast.
Chelsea’s next fixture is a home game against Malmo, followed by Manchester United in the FA Cup on February 18 while the Carabao Cup final against City also looms on February 24. The Blues also host Tottenham on February 27.
This month will indeed be a tough test for Sarri, and the time to get it right is now.