Maurizio Sarri’s job as Chelsea manager is under threat as the Blues lost again on Monday night, as Manchester United defeated Chelsea to kick the Blues out of the FA Cup.
Sarri had an impressive start to his Chelsea reign, leading the side on an 18-match unbeaten streak, but comprehensive defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City in recent weeks as well as a decline in form that has caused Chelsea’s season to be on the verge of collapse have piled the pressure on the Italian.
Sarri-ball has been criticised by pundits and fans seem to have turned against the Chelsea boss.
Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday marked the Blues’ fifth defeat in the last ten games, and it marks what has been a steady decline in the Chelsea team.
What could really have led to the collapse of the Chelsea squad after what was a very good start to the season?
According to reports, Chelsea players feel ‘overloaded’ with information going into matches as the squad seem to be confused at the number of tactical instructions given per player and to the squad for a single game.
Reports claim the level of information is so excessive that it’s putting many players off their natural game and Sarri’s tactics have killed the counter-attacking style that had brought them success under Antonio Conte.
Sarri now faces a decisive set of fixtures, with Chelsea hosting Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday night before taking on Manchester City in the League Cup final – just a few weeks after Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed the Blues 6-0 in the Premier League and he believes he can turn things around.
“It’s really very easy (to change the mood),” Sarri said.
“If we are able to win three or four matches in a row, it will be really very easy. It’s difficult to win five matches in a row.”