According to reports, Maurizio Sarri wants to overhaul the entire Chelsea squad because he believes that his players cannot play the ‘Sarri-ball’. The Italian is under growing pressure at Stamford Bridge following Sunday’s brutal 6-0 defeat to Manchester City – the club’s heaviest defeat in the Premier League and worst since a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Nottingham Forest in 1991. Sarri has previously questioned his players’ desire and motivation after poor results against Arsenal and Bournemouth, but was at a loss to explain Sunday’s capitulation at the Etihad.
According to The Times, the defeat is the breaking point for Sarri and he is worried he lacks the players required to implement his gameplan at Chelsea. He now feels that the club must either back him or sack him, believing it is virtually impossible to play the brand of football he is so noted for unless there are significant changes made to his squad.
Sarri has identified two key traits his squad are lacking: physical commitment and tactical understanding. The former Napoli boss was given little opportunity to really stamp his ideals on the squad, and club bosses are sympathetic to the fact that his pre-season preparations were cut short as they struggled to get rid of Antonio Conte until deep into the summer.
Sarri has only made two permanent signings since taking charge – Jorginho and Kepa – and believes more investment is needed. Chelsea have a number of players nearing the end of their contracts, while star man Eden Hazard is being linked with a £100million move to Real Madrid, and Sarri wants to use it as an opportunity to remould the squad he has inherited.