Maurizio Sarri’s football style named Sarri-ball has come under huge criticisms after a recent run of bad results.
In the space of one month, Chelsea have endured four bad losses that saw the Blues struggle to create chances and ended up not scoring a goal. The 2-0 defeat to Arsenal was pathetic as Chelsea held on to possession without scoring. Chelsea then suffered embarrassing defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City as Sarri’s side lost 4-0 and 6-0 without putting a fight in those games. Those defeats piled pressure on the manager who was appointed last summer, and the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United that got Chelsea knocked out of the FA Cup was the last straw for Chelsea fans.
Chelsea fans chanted ‘f*** Sarri-ball’ during Monday’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, and Sarri’s substitutions were even jeered, as the Italian hit an all-time low since he became Chelsea manager.
Sarri has become adamant that he won’t change the system as he has insisted on playing N’Golo Kante high in midfield, and his job is reportedly on the line.
Former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has slammed Sarri-ball, insisting that there’s nothing special about Sarri’s tactics.
“I’ve never understood the whole ‘Sarri-ball’ thing and it has always bemused me,” Murphy said in an interview with Sporting Bet.
“Sarri isn’t trying to implement a style of football that isn’t being played elsewhere and hasn’t been played before.
“This short and fast passing with a high press has been done a million times before by a lot of managers so I don’t understand how he can claim it or why he doesn’t have a plan B.
“Sarri’s unwavering commitment to Sarri-ball will be what gets him sacked at Chelsea. It has become so painfully predictable that it’s openly mocked. He’s trying to put square pegs in round holes and is refusing to accept his mistakes.
“Sarri insists on forcing the best defensive midfielder in the world (Kante) to play out of position so that he can use Jorginho as a playmaker despite not having an assist to his name. It’s incredible, really.”Murphy told Sporting Bet
Reports claim that Chelsea board members held a meeting on Tuesday following the defeat to Manchester United, and Sarri’s job is on the brink as the Italian has been told to win all of Chelsea’s next three games or face the sack.
Murphy has likened Sarri’s situation to that of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and insists that Sarri will get the sack.
“I think the writing is on the wall for Sarri at Chelsea and I just can’t see how he could be still the manager when next season kicks off,” he added. “The whole situation is reminding me of Mourinho at Manchester United with the manager publicly criticising his players and looking frustrated on the touchline. I see a group of players who are unhappy and I don’t think they’re convinced with what Sarri is aiming to achieve.
“I think the inconsistency in performances combined with poor results mean there has to be a change. I think it is more a matter of when rather than if.”