Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea boss hangs on four crucial games over the next fortnight as the Italian seeks to salvage this season.
The Blues manager has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks following three successive away defeats to Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City, conceding twelve unanswered goals along the way.
The latter, a 6-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, has turned up the heat on the Italian, and according to a report in the Telegraph, he has just two weeks to turn things around.
Chelsea have a temporary reprieve from the Premier League in that period, due to the quirk of the League Cup final against City falling on a weekend of league fixtures.
Their next four games are all in cup competitions, in which they will also face Malmo in the Europa League and Manchester United in the FA Cup, giving Chelsea three shots at glory this campaign.
The Europa League takes on added significance for Sarri, as the club could very well miss out on the Champions League qualification via the Premier League for a second year running, but Europe’s secondary competition could provide a backdoor to the competition.
Should the former Napoli manager keep his side in contention for those trophies while delivering a cup upset against Man City, his prospects of keeping the job rise.