Chelsea have managed to get a very fortunate win against Cardiff City in the weekend but many still believe Maurizio Sarri deserves to be sacked. The trust in Sarriball is very low amongst fans, and they think that the Blues will lose everything this season to continue to follow this idea.
The reality is that Chelsea were fortunate to get the three points against Cardiff City. The display showed that Maurizio Sarri has completely reverted back to his Sarrismo. This is not the first time that we are seeing this display by Chelsea under the Italian manager this year. The Blues players are merely passing the ball around without any objective. There isn’t penetration up front, and the defence gets immediately exposed when the ball is lost.
That’s meant that Chelsea conceded a goal right at the beginning of the second half and if wasn’t for a referee error and the last gasp Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s header the Blues would have come out with another disappointing result from Wales.
Looking at the odds of the Top 5 Betting Sites in the UK we can see that on average Maurizio Sarri is just 6/4 to be the Next Permanent Manager to lose his job in the Premier League.
Not only Chelsea have severe problems in attack but they do also have issues in defence. For the whole season, Maurizio Sarri has been working on the movements of the midfielders and the strikers either with or without the ball. Despite all his stubbornness, Chelsea don’t seem to have improved at all in these rather simple skills.
The fact that the defence is suffering is linked to that. Looking at the stats we can see that on average Chelsea do dominate possession but nothing happens as they do lack penetration into the oppositions boxes. Players do move with and without the ball but the ball always tends to go back to the back line.
As the minutes go by it is clear that neither the midfielders or the strikers can find a way to break down the opposition. For this reason, the back four are starting to push higher and do expose themselves to counter-attacks. The full-backs are desperate after having passed the ball for the whole game without purpose. They, therefore, join the attack and expose the team even against average squads like Cardiff City.
Even though his job is on the line Maurizio Sarri is continuing to present his faulty system. Every Premier League side has now worked out a strategy to contain and when the time is right breakdown Chelsea. This is hardly surprising as it doesn’t take a genius to do so.
Chelsea had a decent squad this season. Surely the Blues weren’t equipped to win the title but should have achieved the top four comfortably. But when, in addition to the above technical problems, the manager decides to keep out players of the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek it is not surprising they are struggling. Add to that N’Golo Kante which has been played consistently out of position for the whole season.
To achieve results with those players Maurizio Sarri should have changed his tactics. But this doesn’t seem a possibility even if we are in a crucial moment of the season.
Will he be sacked before the end of the season? Everything seems to be pointing in this direction as he has no breathing space. Unless he can win the Europa League and win all the remaining games in the Premier League I don’t see how he can save his job.