Maurizio Sarri’s job as Chelsea manager is seemingly unsafe as the Blues’ season is experiencing somewhat of a collapse after a recent run of bad results.
The new year hasn’t favoured Sarri as the Italian has seen his team lose to an out of form Arsenal team 2-0, mid-table Bournemouth 4-0, Manchester City 6-0, and more recently Sarri’s side were beaten at home by Manchester United 2-0 as United knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup.
Senior board members have reportedly held a meeting to discuss Sarri’s future, and reports claim the Italian has been given the next three games as ultimatum to turn things around.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has admitted that “no player on Earth” would like to have been involved in Chelsea’s recent poor run of results under Sarri.
Asked about the rumours around the head coach’s future, he told a news conference: “I make nothing of that. At the end of the day, this is not my thing. I’m a football player, and that’s it.
“I’m not the coach. I’m a football player. [The system] is something the coach has to decide and we have to follow.
“You always play for your manager, but you want results. You want to win. No player on Earth likes to have the kind of run we’ve had.”
Sarri-ball has been criticised by many as fans and pundits believe that Sarri’s tactics is hurting the team. Sarri has however insisted that his tactics weren’t the problem, but the team’s mentality and has insisted that he won’t change his tactics for any reason.
Rudiger has followed his manager’s claims and has insisted that Chelsea’s problems are more about mentality.
“It’s all based on results,” he said. “When we had the results, no one was talking about the things we’re talking about today.
“We are always working in training, trying to do better each day. I think, right now, it’s about confidence. It’s not a tactical aspect, in my view. It’s confidence. We’re under-performing.”
Some have blamed Chelsea’s bad form on a lack of leadership within the squad, pointing to the old guard as an example of strength in leadership that saw Chelsea win every title possible and become a force in Europe for many years.
Rudiger has denied a lack of leadership within the squad is the cause of Chelsea’s problems, insisting that no one pointed at a lack of leadership when Chelsea were doing well at the start of the season.
“People like to say that because we had leaders before here at this club,” he said. “That’s also fair enough. But we were not talking about leaders when we were having an unbeaten run. It all seems as if it’s based on results. If you have the results, we’re not speaking about leaders.
“Sometimes it’s also hard to replace people like John Terry, who was captain here and a leader. It’s hard. You cannot cook a leader these days. But, at the end of the day, we have to try to follow in the footsteps of these players.
“It’s always important that the supporters are with us. Sometimes, for example at City, you can understand that they are furious. But at the end of the day, the emotions of the fans, I cannot do anything about that. No player can.
“What we can do is get back results, then they’ll always be behind us. They still come to the stadium and support us, so they are behind us. It’s based on our performances and the results we give. Then we will always have them behind us.”
Chelsea’s next game is a second leg home fixture against Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday night having won the first leg 2-1. After that comes the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday, and Rudiger has admitted that those two fixtures could point to how Chelsea’s season will go.
“It’s important for us to stay in this [Europa League] competition and fight to win it, definitely,” he added. “Then, on Sunday, a big game against City at Wembley. That will show the truth. That will show our way this season.”