Maurizio Sarri understands why he’s under pressure at Chelsea, having conceded two of the worst losses in the club’s celebrated Premier League history.
“It is right,” Sarri said. “I am in charge of the team so it is right. You will have to ask the club.”
But it has to bewilder him that it’s sandwiched around a terrific blowout win. This, it seems, is Chelsea.
Man City scored after three minutes on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium and never recovered en route to a 6-0 loss, one goal more than a late January loss to Bournemouth and one less than its nearest peer: a 1991 defeat to Nottingham Forest.
That’s almost three decades ago.
“At the moment I am not able to explain. during the week my feeling was good during training. Maybe the goal we concede after three minutes it was difficult to play. It was difficult not to give them spaces. We were in trouble. I am not able to understand.
“We made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents. They played fantastic football and we made a lot of mistakes. We wanted to press them at the beginning of the action but the plan was completely ruined because we concede after three minutes.”
That’s the truth, and it’s difficult to imagine how Sarri would’ve been able to get his men on a new tactical route considering Man City’s goal run didn’t stop until the 25th minute. By then it was 4-0.
Sure, a lot of Chelsea’s woes have Sarri’s fingerprints on them, but we’re not sure today is on him.