According to the Daily Mail and The Sun, Chelsea players held a clear the air talks at the team’s training ground on Monday after they suffered their heaviest defeat to Manchester City last weekend. The Blues’ defeat at the Etihad Stadium was their worst ever in the Premier League and caused further questions to be raised regarding the future of manager Maurizio Sarri.
As reported by The Sun, Chelsea players spoke openly to each other regarding the club’s current predicament, although it isn’t known whether Sarri was part of the meeting. Chelsea are currently in sixth place in the Premier League, 15 points adrift of leaders City, and have lost three of their last four top flight fixtures. Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick for City, with Raheem Sterling scoring a brace and Ilkay Gundogan also on target.
Sarri’s side are back in action on Thursday when they host Malmo in the Europa League. The Chelsea manager oversaw a training session at Cobham on Monday that consisted of players that didn’t start the game against City. Notably, Sarri was wearing his own clothing as opposed to official Chelsea attire. After the loss to City Sarri refused to shake hands with opposing manager Pep Guardiola.
Sarri has often criticised his players for their performances this season. There are some tough fixtures on the horizon for Chelsea – before the end of February they will face Manchester United in the FA Cup, Manchester City in the Carabao Cup and Tottenham in the Premier League. Sarri has received a considerable amount of criticism from supporters in recent weeks for the club’s performances, and, although he is under contract until 2021, there is much speculation regarding the 60-year-old’s future at Chelsea.
Meanwhile, According to the Telegraph, Sarri’s fate as Chelsea head coach is set to be decided in the next fortnight with the Italian facing an uphill battle to stop the players giving up on him. And Telegraph Sport understands that Sarri is under pressure to try to win the Europa League, which restarts this week, with Champions League qualification rated more important than the Carabao Cup or FA Cup. Sarri took training on Monday, despite facing increased scrutiny following Chelsea’s humiliating 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.