Chris Sutton has criticised Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri for his inability to change his ways amid a terrible run of form.
Things appear to be getting worse before they get better for the Blues after losing 2-0 at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup, with first-half goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba effectively killing the contest at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, who suffered their fourth defeat in eight games in all competitions, could still win silverware this season with the League Cup final to be contested this week, but they are gradually slipping further away from the top four in the Premier League.
Former Chelsea striker Sutton says Maurizio Sarri’s methods are now having a detrimental effect on the team, with the side incapable of threatening opposing defences.
”Where are Chelsea? They’re sixth,’’ Sutton told BBC Five Live.
”Would the owner fancy getting into the top four with recent performances, with a manager who says he can’t motivate his players and says he will let his star man go?
”You have to question the owner.
”There’s ways to lose a match. Of course it was about the result but had Chelsea created lots of chances and the keeper made loads of saves, it didn’t happen.
”It’s flat. Sarri ball is broken.”
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Chelsea have had a huge turnover of managers since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003, sifting through 13 different managers since, and Sarri could become the latest to face the chopping block.
“History tells us the Chelsea owner doesn’t mess about. You’d have to question his appetite if he doesn’t sack the manager. He’ll get the sack for numerous reasons – things he’s said, that he can’t motivate the players, his inability to be able to adapt and change.
“They’re a one-trick pony. Everyone knows the way they are playing. That will ultimately be his downfall.”