It’s been a difficult first season for Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge. The Italian started his Chelsea career brilliantly but the team collapsed after our first loss of the season away at Tottenham.
From challenging for the title early this season, Chelsea are now fighting to finish in the top four.
4-0 and 6-0 losses away at Bournemouth and Manchester City respectively also saw Chelsea fans question the Italian’s tactics and call for his sack.
Chelsea have been a club built on playing defensive football and the club appointed Sarri to bring a possession based style of play to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United legend Phil Neville, who currently works as England women’s team manager, has urged Chelsea to stand by Sarri despite his difficult first season at Stamford Bridge.
Neville believes Sarri can deliver the attractive brand of football Roman Abramovich wants at Chelsea and feels Sarri needs to stamp his authority in the team by making more signings.
“I think Chelsea have got to stand by this man because the type of football Abramovich wants to play, I actually think he can deliver,” Neville said.
“I just think he needs to start stamping his own authority. Maybe another transfer window, if they get it, to do that.”
Neville seems to have changed his stance on Sarri after criticising the Italian early this year.
“You hear all these coaches talk about ‘Sarri-ball’, saying ‘this coach is revolutionary’,” Neville told Premier League Today in February.
“And when he came in at Chelsea I was waiting… I was waiting for something special.
“When Pep came and when Klopp came we saw something different but I don’t think we’ve seen anything different from ‘Sarri-ball’.
“Nothing about it has blown me away. He always takes Barkley and Kovacic off at 60 minutes every game.
“Sarri going after Hazard, I don’t think was the smartest move because he’s their best player.
“I think Hazard will be a Real Madrid player next year, that’s my gut feeling.
“And he’s not playing at anywhere near the standard that he should be at the moment.”