Maurizio Sarri’s job as Chelsea manager is now under threat after recent defeats that have threatened to ruin Chelsea’s season.
Sarri started out well in his first few months, and the club remained unbeaten in all competitions until the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham in November.
However, Chelsea’s form in 2019 has been terrible, and the club has lost five of its last ten games. The embarrassing defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City piled the pressure on the manager, and it was further compounded after Chelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester United and crashed out of the FA Cup in the fifth round.
Pep Guardiola has come to back Sarri and has revealed that he never thought about joining Chelsea despite Roman Abramovich’s desire to sign him as Chelsea boss. The former Barcelona boss has revealed that he’s relaxed at Manchester City who never bothered him despite his poor first season and he revealed his uneasiness at Chelsea’s desire to sack managers at will.
“In my first year never the club doubted me,” Guardiola said. “It was never in the media that I’d be sacked if we lose this game.
“I was surprised that when (Antonio) Conte won the title and they lost one or two games at the beginning of the season, people start to say he was going to be sacked.
“I said: ‘Wow, but two or three months ago they won the Premier League’.
“I was never a potential option for Chelsea. I decided to go to Bayern Munich and came here with Ferran (Soriano) and Txiki (Begiristain), they trust me and I trust them.
“In the first season when it was difficult I said we needed time and they supported me. The players knew who was the manager and who would be the manager.
“It was stable, that’s the best way to do something for a long time, not just a short period.”
Sarri has so far had a better first season than Pep Guardiola’s first year at the Etihad, and the Italian has asked the club for patience.
Asked why Sarri’s job is under threat when Guardiola was given time, Sarri replied: “Because he was lucky. I don’t know. You have to ask the club.
“You have to ask both, Manchester City and Chelsea. But I don’t know if I am under pressure from my club or from you. I don’t know at the moment.
“I think that, if you choose Guardiola, you have to wait because the club knows very well that Guardiola needs time.
“It’s not really very easy for an English team to play that kind of football, so it’s normal.”
Sarri continued: “I am used to arriving at a new team from below. I started at a very low level and, season by season, I arrived here.
“Of course, in every season, I was the coach who arrived from below. So for me it’s normal. I’m used to this situation.”