Chelsea’s form since the turn of the new year has been questionable, and what has been more questionable is Maurizio Sarri’s style of play.
Chelsea have lost to Arsenal, Bournemouth, Manchester City and now Manchester United in just a few weeks, and Sarri’s side were unable to score a goal in all of these games, but instead the Blues conceded 14.
Sarri’s future is now under threat, and the Italian no longer has the backing of the fans who booed him in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Despite the rumours of a likely sack, Sarri has revealed that he isn’t worried about his job and is rather keen to work with the players and ensure they improve.
“No, I was really very worried when I was in league two in Italy,” he said. “I am not worried now.
“It is not my problem. My problem is to work with the players to improve in a few days and find more determination and aggression.”
Sarri admitted after the game that Manchester United were lucky to win the game, insisting that his side played well in the first-half but were unfortunate to concede two goals.
“I think with the result we were unlucky because in the first half we played better than the opponent and at the end of the first half it was 2-0,” he said.
“In the second half it was really very difficult to play. They are a very physical team and defended low and compact. We played confusing football in the second half but in the first half we played well.
“We need to be more aggressive and determined with situations in our box and the opposition box because the difference was there. We played 78 balls in the opposing box and United played only 16 in ours, but the result was 2-0, so that was the difference.”
There were jeers when Sarri brought on Ross Barkley in place of Mateo Kovacic, a change he has made very often this season, and the fans couldn’t believe it when his final substitution was to bring in Davide Zappacosta for Cesar Azpilicueta.
“You’re getting sacked in the morning” was chanted by the fans as they vented their frustrations on the manager,
On the fans, Sarri reacted by saying: “I’m worried about the results, not the fans. Of course I can understand the situation and I can understand our fans because the result wasn’t good and we are out of the FA Cup, but I’m worried at the moment about our results.
“It’s very easy (to create a more positive feeling). If we are able to win three or four matches in a row it will be very easy. It’s difficult to win five matches in a row.”