Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has tonight aimed a less-than-subtle dig at Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich, on the back of his side’s hammering at the hands of Manchester City.
Man City vs Chelsea
Chelsea travelled to the Etihad for a Premier League clash with champions City earlier today.
The capital giants headed into proceedings on a largely-mixed run of form, having won 3 and lost 2 of their last 5 outings across all competitions.
The frustrating inconsistencies of the Blues were never more obvious than across the last fortnight, with Sarri’s men having followed a harrowing 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth with a 5-0 hammering of Huddersfield last time out.
City run riot
And to say that Chelsea’s shortcomings were subsequently laid bare in Manchester this evening would be putting it lightly.
The 90 minutes at the Etihad saw the visitors dominated in every aspect of the game, en route to an embarrassing 6-0 loss.
The clash was killed off as a contest within the opening 25 minutes, as City raced out to a 4-0 lead courtesy of a Sergio Aguero brace and strikes from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan.
Aguero went on to notch his hat-trick shortly after the restart, with Sterling have capped a thoroughly-miserable day for Chelsea with the home side’s 6th ten minutes from time.
The result came as Chelsea’s heaviest defeat across any competition in 28 years:
0-6 – Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat in any competition since losing 0-7 to Nottingham Forest in April 1991. Drubbing.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2019
‘Don’t know what to expect’
As such, it has since come as little surprise to see Maurizio Sarri’s position at the helm at Stamford Bridge called into question.
Chelsea’s drubbing at the Etihad means that they have now conceded 10 goals in their last 2 Premier League away outings, and slipped behind Manchester United in the race for a Champions League berth for next season.
Sarri was subsequently questioned on his side’s dismal performance in Manchester in a post-match interview with Sky Sport Italia a short time ago, with the Italian tactician having confirmed that the Blues’ players could find it difficult to ‘get back on their feet’.
‘We’ll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours.’
‘My sensations before kick-off were good, as they were during the week. We conceded a stupid goal in the opening minutes that affected us for the whole game.’
‘Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team. We had a total blackout.’
‘Matches like this can leave a mark. It won’t be easy to get back on our feet after this. Football is also made of heavy defeats.’
When drawn specifically on his future in London, meanwhile, Sarri took the opportunity to aim a thinly-veiled dig at Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, before confirming that he is, as of now, unaware of whether his side’s latest defeat could see him sacked:
‘If the president calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.’