Following Sunday’s 6-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, Maurizio Sarri has been subject to an inquest at Chelsea.
However, it is becoming swiftly apparent that the answer to the club’s problems lies deeper than the manager.
The Telegraph has released a report highlighting the west London club’s biggest ongoing issues.
Chelsea players unhappy with Sarri’s changes
Since the start of 2019, Chelsea have endured arguably the most turbulent period since the start of Roman Abramovich’s reign.
The Blues suffered their heaviest defeat in 28 years over the weekend, which followed successive away defeats to Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth.
The Italian’s relationship with his players has been seriously strained and the Telegraph have highlighted how this has happened.
According to the report, Sarri biggest challenge at Stamford Bridge is overcoming the player-power at the club.
One of Sarri’s key issue has been his reluctance to find a plan B and he has spoken about his refusal to change his methods.
The Blues’ players have grown bored this and are overwhelmed by the tactical information which the 60-year-old is feeding them.
His decisions to start training at 3pm, rather than in the morning, and smoking during training has also seen him become an unpopular figure.
A Chelsea insider has explained to the Telegraph how the manager’s biggest challenge will be getting the players onside:
“It’s clear the players know the power is not with the coach and any fear has been eliminated.
“There’s no doubt at City and Liverpool that it is pointless for players to run to their agents if they are not playing, but that’s not the case at Chelsea.
“Antonio Conte tried to change the culture and he was sacked.”
Sarri’s damming statement on Abramovich
Not sure this is wise. Sarri to Italian media (via @footballitalia):
“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.”
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) February 10, 2019
Following Sunday’s defeat at the Etihad, Sarri delivered a pretty damming statement on the club’s owner Roman Abramovich.
The former SSC Napoli boss claims that he rarely hears from Abramovich.
With the Russian owner already been criticised for failing to supply Sarri with the right players, his apparent failure to communicate with Sarri won’t help his cause.
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