Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has refuted claims that Chelsea’s season has been a disaster.
Speculation has been mounting about Sarri’s future after the Blues lost four of their last nine games, including humiliating losses against Bournemouth and Man City, losing 4-0 and 6-0 respectively.
Chelsea are however due to face Man City in the Carabao Cup final tomorrow, and are still just one point off the top four, leaving Sarri perplexed as to why some people have been writing off his side’s chances of success this season.
”We are in the first final of the season,” Sarri told a pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Wembley.
”We are one point from the top four, the same points as Arsenal, and (people say) Arsenal are doing well.
”We are doing a little bit better because we are in a final, and yet our season is a disaster. I don’t understand.”
Sarri, who took over the Stamford Bridge reigns from countryman Antonio Conte in the summer, was also quick to point out that Pep Guardiola has been so successful at Man City because he has been given time to implement his philosophy.
”I want you to remember that last season, this team gained 70 points, not 100. Then, in the summer, we changed everything. So there is another problem to solve. So it is not easy,” he added
”He (Guardiola) was lucky.
”I think that, if you choose Guardiola, you have to wait because the club knows very well that Guardiola needs time.”
To be fair though, just as Chelsea should have done their due diligence and known that the Italian was not a coach to change his ways if things aren’t going particularly well, Sarri himself really should be aware that Stamford Bridge is a place where managers have are rarely given time after a run of poor results.