Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes that Chelsea’s 6-0 thrashing could mark the end of Sarri-ball.
Was this the day that Sarri-ball well and truly burst? Deep down, Maurizio Sarri himself must know it. He could not even bring himself to shake Pep Guardiola’s hand.
Earlier in the season his team were breaking records for their passing. Now they are setting records for the wrong reasons.
It is impossible to know which Chelsea will turn up. This group seem to lose interest when there is not a trophy on the line.
With their Premier League hopes gone, they have been blown away by Bournemouth and now Manchester City. Yet the same team showed battling qualities to knock Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup.
What will frustrate Sarri most is that just two months ago Chelsea showed incredible organisation, attention to detail and desire to beat City at Stamford Bridge.
hat was absent on Sunday.
He has admitted that these players are difficult to motivate. If he wants to stay in a job, Sarri has to find a way to do so when they host Manchester United in the FA Cup a week today.
This Chelsea team are capable of big performances. They are the Cup holders after all and certainly have the quality in their squad to knock out United.
Even if the players cannot motivate themselves for their manager, surely they can at least play for the badge? Roman Abramovich is ruthless and has already sacked a Who’s Who of European managers. Sarri knows the rules. He has seven days to turn this around.”