Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea boss says sorry after Man City rout

City quick freekick

City quick freekick

"All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable".

Drawing Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup originally looked like an unfortunate bit of luck, but it can also be viewed as a way to get out of a awful run of form for the Blues.

He made an encouraging start to his tenure as Chelsea were unbeaten after their first 12 Premier League matches under him this season, but they have faded out of title contention and now face a battle to finish in the top four. "It is what makes top teams, resilience, and Chelsea as a club will have it".

"They are obviously a team bereft of confidence, now whether that is because they don't like the way they are playing or don't agree with the way they are playing, the players still have to go out and give more", Clement added.

Maurizio Sarri's reputation took another damaging blow less than two weeks on from the terrible 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth with the Italian's team ruthlessly sliced apart at the Etihad Stadium. At the beginning [of the season] it worked.

Christian Eriksen created the opener before scoring himself as Tottenham beat Leicester 3-1 on Sunday (Monday NZ time), putting the north London club five points behind front-runners Manchester City and Liverpool.




City have now scored 33 goals in their last five home games in all competitions and have a chance of lifting their first silverware of the season when they face Chelsea again at Wembley in the League Cup final on February 24. So now we need only to understand the reasons why at the moment it isn't working.

While Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are leading Manchester United's resurgence since Jose Mourinho's firing, they're far from the only players who've excelled in his absence.

"There are issues behind the scenes, a disconnect between first team and the fabulous academy, a lack of direction with no technical director and an owner looking to sell", wrote Henry Winter in The Times. I just said to them thank you for what they have done. I will never get excited about that.

"But I don't know what to expect; people keep asking me what I think about the situation, but I think that's a question which needs to be put to the club".

"If the club sacks me, they sack the best manager that this club has had".

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