Maurizio Sarri’s job was under threat after the heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City, but the Italian seemed to turn things around as the club went on a good run that seemed to suggest that they’ve picked back form.
Chelsea had the opportunity to enter the international break third on the table, but the Blues have remained stuck in sixth having now played the same number of games with their rivals.
If Chelsea had beaten Wolves and Everton, the Blues will have been third on the table, but a draw against Wolves and a defeat to Everton has now damaged Chelsea’s hopes of a top four finish.
Breaking news from Sky Sports News on Monday reported that senior Chelsea figures are worried about the team’s performance and held a meeting to discuss Sarri’s future.
Sky Sports News tweeted: “Sky sources: @ChelseaFC concerned and disappointed about the team’s performances this season. Senior figures at Chelsea have held discussions about Maurizio Sarri’s future. #SSN”
According to Daily Mail, Chelsea would like to keep Sarri until the end of the season, but are aware that growing fan unrest may force their hand.
The board are worried that the club would find it difficult getting a replacement if Sarri is sacked because of the impending transfer ban. A new manager won’t be able to make signings and most top managers won’t want that.
According to former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness, Chelsea is struggling to get goals because the team is too reliant on Eden Hazard and there is no goal threat in midfield. Souness believes if Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists on playing Jorginho in midfield, then you have to have goal threats on either side of him.
“Chelsea dismay me,” Souness said on Sky Sports.
“They must be wonderful at five-a-side, but look at the stats. They have two thirds of possession, dominated things, had twice as many touches, and they lose 2-0. If you are having that much of the ball where are you having it? It’s on the halfway line and in your own half. That’s how they are playing, they’re like a five-a-side team.
“You take Eden Hazard out of the equation and where’s the threat coming from? They have a midfield that is made up of (N’Golo) Kante, who is a fabulous player but doesn’t really get goals, and Jorginho, who has two goals this season, and (Ross) Barkley. They don’t get goals. The mix is totally wrong.
“If you insist on playing Jorginho, who is neat and tidy but not a goal threat, you have to have goal threats on either side of him. You can’t rely on Hazard to do it week in, week out, it’s too much for him. You have to share the goals around.
“It’s not just about today, this is Chelsea. That’s why they look like finishing outside the top four.”