Sarri: My job is always at risk

Jo Caldwell
February 12, 2019

The Italian is famously a prolific chain smoker, but Chelsea fans are the ones fuming. Their lead is a slender one, and they have played a game more, but the manner of their latest victory, which improved their goal difference advantage over the Reds to 10, was a powerful message.

The Londoners crashed to their heaviest defeat since 1991 as the Premier League champions ran riot at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. At the beginning (of the season) it worked. So now we need only to understand the reasons why at the moment it isn't working.

"I always try to play my game and help the team as best I can".

"I would think that when you think what [Kante] did previous year, he was head and shoulders ahead of anyone else", Harris said. You have to ask the club.

"I know exactly what he wants to do", he told a news conference. "It's only halfway through Sarri's first season but the worst thing I can say is it looks like he has turned Chelsea into Arsenal".

Villas-Boas lasted until the March of his debut season at Stamford Bridge before the axe swung with Chelsea fifth.

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When he took over from Antonio Conte in the summer, Sarri became the 12th name to feature as manager since Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

While Tottenham are still outsiders to win their first English title since 1961, their ability to stay in contention, despite injuries to key players Harry Kane and Dele Alli suggests they shouldn't be completely written off.

Aguero should have had even more than three as the Argentine missed a glorious early chance and hit the bar in the second-half in a humiliating afternoon for Maurizio Sarri's men.

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"We keep talking about Chelsea picking the wrong manager, maybe he's picked the wrong club".

Sarri's assistant Gianfranco Zola, another hero with the Chelsea faithful, is tipped to step in as interim boss, should he be needed. There are similarities between the way Sarri started with a bang at Chelsea and Guardiola at City, before problems set in, but the similarities end there.

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Much has been made of the Russian billionaire's United Kingdom visa woes, having failed to secure the right to an investor visa in the fallout over the Skripal spy poisoning case. Eden Hazard has nearly single-handedly carried Chelsea at times this season, but has also been singled out by his boss.

'If the president calls, I'll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him.

Sarri was not wearing his usual Chelsea kit as he came into the training ground for his post-match debrief and instead watched the practice at the club's Cobham base in his own clothing.

The City manager has displayed an nearly zero tolerance policy towards missing such chances, as shown in the Amazon Prime documentary "All Or Nothing" where he substituted Raheem Sterling for missing a similar chance against Burnley last season.

This gritty success was the ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

The pressure seems to be getting to Sarri.

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