Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Unwanted records put Sarri in Chelsea's familiar firing line

Unwanted records put Sarri in Chelsea's familiar firing line

Though we firmly believe that he's the right man to take us forward, patience has never been one of Roman Abramovich's strong points.

"Of course it is better if they lose some points. but I think all of us, not only the manager, but all of the players, have been saying to focus on our job", he told United Kingdom media.

Pressure on the manager is increasing after the thrashing saw Chelsea drop to sixth in the table, but Guardiola urged them to back him.

However, while the title may be gone, there is still plenty to play for in the remaining months of the season, so do Chelsea stick by keeping faith with the "Sarri-ball" project or twist hoping for the bounce of a new face in charge?

All four goals conceded at Bournemouth came in a second-half collapse, while City hit four inside the first 25 minutes at the Etihad.

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Sergio Aguero did most of the damage against Chelsea, scoring a record-equalling 11th Premier League hat-trick and a 15th overall for the club.

In 60-minute practice game played over four quarters Chelsea's youngsters more than held their own against the senior squad, giving the Italian food for thought as he considers making changes to his first team. This is a brutal schedule for any club, and the fact that each game matters as much as it does will put a lot of stress and wear and tear on the City lineup regulars.

While he admitted that City may play the most entertaining brand of football in England's top flight, Carragher reiterated that all Liverpool need to win the league is keep defending well.

"Kante is wasted anywhere other than as arguably the world's finest holding midfielder", wrote the BBC's Phil McNulty.

"It's close to being finalised but not quite done, so I don't want to jump the gun", said Lampard.

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