Maurizio Sarri was the victim of Chelsea's loss to Manchester United on Tuesday when his chances of winning were smaller than those of Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas, who had failed as Blues managers.
The defender's 0-2 defeat on Monday night, which provoked the hometown scandal, offered even more ammunition to those who say the Italian is not the one to replace Antonio Conte.
As he did after similar setbacks, the former boss of Napoli spoke frankly after the match – but instead of clarifying things, his remarks have blurred the cards.
Admitting that his players do not completely understand what he wants from them seven months after the beginning of his reign does not inspire much confidence in his methods, on the part of the fans, the club hierarchy or spectators.
"Not quite at the moment because, especially in a situation like the second half, we have to move faster mentally and materially," Sarri told the press at the journalist's request.
"We need more balloonless moves and fewer individual actions."
After the defeat at Arsenal last month, Sarri said his players were "hard to motivate". Earlier in the season, after a game-free defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, he stung his anger against N & # 39; Golo Kante, suggesting that the twice-victorious midfielder of the English Premier League did not have the qualities techniques to play in its privileged central role.
Head coach Sarri also said that Belgian striker Eden Hazard, who played a key role in Chelsea's victory in EPL alongside Jose Mourinho and Conte and the triumph of the FA Cup l & ### Last year, lack of leadership qualities.
Considering that both play in their least favored positions to incorporate the "possession-based" Sarri-ball system – a fact lamented by most fans – criticizing them seems risky.
On Monday, Chelsea fans joined forces with United fans: "Getting fired in the morning" The Sarri team was dominated by a United whose season has taken a very different direction since the dismissal of Mourinho as a manager in December.
"I'm worried about the results, not the fans," said Sarri in response to his angry reaction to a defeat that occurred barely a week after a 0-6 pounding in Manchester City.
Sarri's team will face Malmo in the return leg played Thursday in the 32nd round of the Europa League. Three days later, City will face Pep City Guardiola again in the League Cup final at Wembley, before a clash between EPL and Tottenham.
If Chelsea beat City on Sunday, Sarri's prospects could clear. But the atmosphere around the club suggests that it is unlikely if Chelsea lose five of its last 10 games, all competitions – as many losses as it has suffered in its previous 41.
Sarri did not break his record record when he became the first new manager to be undefeated in his first 12 EPL matches.
Chris Sutton, a former Chelsea striker, commented Monday that the club's revolving door would soon drop Sarri on the sidewalk.
"Sarri-ball is broken," said Sutton. "Would the owner want to rank among the top four with recent performances, with a manager who says that he can not motivate his players?
"He will wonder if we will have the top four, can I watch the Manchester City match with confidence?" Absolutely not, will he put all his eggs in the Europa League basket with a coach unable to motivate his players?
"History tells us that the owner of Chelsea is not kidding."
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