Maurizio Sarri is said to have lost the dressing-room after Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat at the hands of Manchester United at the weekend.
The loss was their fourth in eight games, with the club slowly slipping out of contention for the Top Four and Champions League qualification, as well as another shot at silverware.
With things seemingly getting worse before they get better, it has been suggested by the Mirror that the Chelsea squad has lost faith in the manager.
The report suggests that Sarri’s lack of trophies and success has become an issue among the players, who don’t believe the Italian will be able to guide them to glory.
While Sarri received many plaudits for the style of play he implemented at Napoli, he was unable to win a trophy, finishing second to Juventus in Serie A on two occasions; contrastingly, the Blues squad contain a number of players who have won just about everything in the game, from league titles to European trophies to World Cups.
More pertinently perhaps, is the fact that Sarri continues to criticise the team for their lack of “motivation”, notably after the losses to Arsenal and Bournemouth, with one source supposedly questioning the tactic by saying “how is that going to inspire a player?”
Other complaints apparently include the coach’s rigid team selection barely changing from week to week, rarely diverging from the same substitutions, and the monotony of training sessions.
Sarri’s refusal to change his ways in the face of defeat and poor performances has befuddled the players, who seemingly can’t understand why he continues to play N’Golo Kanté out of position.
The chain-smoking manager has a series of vital games in the next week to turn the ship around, including the League Cup final against Man City and a Premier League clash with Spurs, but however he does may ultimately prove futile as the exit door nears for Sarri.