Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Chelsea outline conditions under which Maurizio Sarri can still keep his job

Man City news Guardiola Sarri Man City news Guardiola watched his side go back to the top on Sunday afternoon
Rita Gibson | 13 February, 2019, 08:32

The Maurizio Sarri era began so promisingly at Chelsea, five straight wins and unbeaten in the league until late November.

Manchester City made Chelsea look like a bunch of school kids on Sunday.

Chelsea play Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday and the Telegraph believe Sarri is under pressure to win the tournament as doing so would clinch qualification for the Champions League, which the newspaper say is rated more important than the Carabao Cup or FA Cup. They have many talented, first-team players that are capable of starting and playing at all positions, and so they should be able to rotate their squad for most of their games. It would be almost impossible for the Citizens to complete the quadruple, and even though they might have wanted to prioritize the FA Cup over the Carabao Cup, they are already in the Carabao Cup final next week against Chelsea, a team they just destroyed 6-0 in one of the most resounding wins in recent Premier League history. Perhaps the current mess is a chance to radically change direction?

Give it to Zola till end of the season...

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Derby travel to Ipswich Town for their next Championship fixture on Wednesday night, with the Rams now seventh in the table and eight points adrift of the automatic promotion spots.

Only three points separate 13th placed Crystal Palace from 18th placed Southampton. But this weekend showed that at the top two it is lesser heralded players who are essential to their title bids.

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.

If there was one glaring problem at Fulham since the start of the season it was surely their leaky defence - evident again in Saturday's 3-0 loss at home to Manchester United.

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