Chelsea have a series of important games coming up, and Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea manager remains uncertain – if anything, the odds favour that the Italian will be the next Premier League manager to face the sack this season.
Heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City had made Sarri’s job unsafe and it was further compounded when the Blues lost to Manchester United 2-0 at home in the FA Cup fifth round tie.
What has been more frustrating is Sarri’s stubbornness and refusal to change things.
City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 just over a week ago with Pep Guardiola’s side ripping Chelsea to shreds, and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has claimed it would be ‘madness’ for Sarri not to change his ‘Sarri-ball’ style of play for this weekend’s League Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Merson has warned Sarri that if he plays the same system, he will certainly lose and Chelsea board will have no option other than to sack him.
To make matters worse, Chelsea fans voiced their displeasure at Sarri’s tactics during the loss to United at Stamford Bridge by chanting ‘f*** Sarri-ball’ and booing his substitutions. And Chelsea board members reportedly held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the future of the Italian.
“It comes down to Sunday,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He has to be flexible. If he plays the same way, the ‘Sarriball’, then Chelsea will get ripped to shreds by Manchester City and that will be the end.
“If we see another side and changes the way he plays and makes it difficult for Man City and tries to keep it tight, then maybe you would say ‘give him time, he has just come in and he is prepared to change for certain games and we will stick with him’.
“But if he goes out and plays the same way and Chelsea get ripped apart again by City then that will be it.
“You would like to think he will change things, because if he doesn’t then it’s madness at the highest level. You have just lost 6-0 to this team a few weeks ago and you are going to go out and play the same way?! That’s madness. I would go as far as to say that’s insanity.
“He needs to change, if he doesn’t and Chelsea lose by three or four that’s the end.”