Jamie Carragher made it clear that he didn’t rate the work Maurizio Sarri has done with Chelsea so far this season after Blues were extremely well beaten by Manchester City.
Twice in their previous three games Manchester City had scored their opening goal in the first two minutes so Chelsea would have gone into their game with the Premier League champions on Sunday surely wanting to learn the lessons of Newcastle and Arsenal.
However Maurizio Sarri’s team not only failed to learn those lessons but imploded early on. Raheem Sterling scored inside two minutes, Sergio Aguero missed an opening goal just minutes later before his two goals and one for Ilkay Gundogan gave City a 4-0 lead after 25 minutes.
The Blues improved for the rest of the first half but the second half saw more of the same and Pep Guardiola’s side ended up winning 6-0.
Not only was the performance embarrassing for the Blues but it stopped them going back into the top four and in fact dropped them below Arsenal and into sixth on goals scored.
After the match Sarri was under all sorts of criticism with Jamie Carragher claiming all the Italian had done was dropping them to the level of a poor Arsenal side, saying:
“Disgraceful, this is as bad as anything.
“He’s [Maurizio Sarri] turned Chelsea into the Arsenal team that used to get battered for the last seven, eight years away from home in big games because they’re so weak.
“You never say that about Chelsea no matter what has gone on, but they have been weak. We’re watching a really weak football team here.”
Sarri started the season well and kept up the pace with City and Liverpool at the top of the table, remaining unbeaten until the game against Spurs in November.
They recovered to beat Manchester City in December but form since has plummeted with losses to Leicester, Arsenal, Bournemouth, where they conceded four, and now City.
It wasn’t a good afternoon at all for Sarri. Image: PA Images
Chelsea next play Malmo in the Europa League before games against Manchester United and City in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup respectively, the latter being the final.
It would be mad for the Stamford Bridge club to sack their manager right now but the pressure is clearly on with a couple of bad performances recently and dropping out of the Champions League places.
The pressure of dropping below United and Arsenal clearly got to Sarri at full time as he walked off without shaking Guardiola’s hand.
Can Sarri turn things around?