EPL: Chelsea take decision on Sarri's replacement

12 February, 2019, 04:20 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Here, Press Association Sport assesses the state of play at Stamford Bridge. When Sarri was appointed last July, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the club's hierarchy were "looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea".

Lampard, who had a brief spell at City at the end of his career, admitted he was stunned to see Chelsea out-classed.

While a manager can not entirely be judged on his results in the first season, wherein he is still in the process of identifying his best side and stamping his authority at the new club, Sarri does need to turn things around quickly.

Pep Guardiola had described this match as a "final" for his side given that Chelsea had a week to prepare, while City ground out a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday. While some waxed lyrical about Chelsea's performances, the results papered over obvious flaws.

The first big blip in Chelsea's campaign came in the form of a crushing 3-1 defeat at Tottenham, back in November. A defeat of City on December 8 showed potential, but City did not take their chances that day.

But it appeared to be business as usual for the Blues as Sarri watched on as his players turned their attention to their Europa League clash with Malmo on Thursday night.

He said: "The players were outstanding".

"The effort was fantastic, with the circumstances that happened in this game and also this season".

The west London side were thrashed 6-0 by defending champions Manchester City on Sunday as Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling ran riot at the Etihad.

Jorginho has taken Kante's place in defensive midfield and it's meant Chelsea are now playing the Frenchman out of position. It may have worked at Napoli, but Chelsea have been often been ponderous in possession and porous without the ball.

After that comes a home FA Cup tie against a resurgent Manchester United, where defeat would pile significantly more pressure on Sarri. I am a dreamer.

"I want to study, I want to understand".

Reasons to be optimistic?

Sarri's side have fallen to sixth in the table and sit a point behind the resurgent and fourth-placed Manchester United.

This gritty success was the ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday. He has also at times been outshone by some of his City team-mates, particularly in their title-winning seasons.



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