Jamie Redknapp has come up with a brutal verdict on Sarri in the wake of Chelsea 6-0 demolition at the hands of Manchester City.
“Chelsea fans probably want to see something change,” the pundit said. “Even from kick-off they do the same thing, passing it back and then Luiz kicks it long. Then they take off Barkley and Kovacic comes off. Chelsea fans want to see something different, maybe Kante alongside Jorginho. Sometimes you have to freshen it up and I am sure the players are getting bored of it sometimes.”
“As he disappeared down the tunnel, Maurizio Sarri had the look of a beaten man. Even against a team of Manchester City’s might, Chelsea do not lose 6-0. They do not lose 4-0 to Bournemouth, either, or 2-0 to an Arsenal team beset by defensive issues.”
“It wasn’t that Chelsea gave up at the Etihad or stopped running for their manager. They were simply too predictable. Every time Chelsea made a mistake, City were lying in wait to punish them. There is no variation to Sarri’s tactics. In a game like this, why wasn’t N’Golo Kante asked to play deeper and give Jorginho some support?”
“The Chelsea hierachy hired Sarri because of his style of play but they must be growing increasingly frustrated by his lack of flexibility. They will quickly have to decide whether they back Sarri and give him time to implement his philosophy or to say that enough is enough.”
“If they do make a change, though, who do they bring in? Do Chelsea look at Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and give the job to Gianfranco Zola until the end of the season? I still believe that Sarri deserves another chance but if this defeat is the final straw, he can have no complaints.”