Maurizio Sarri refused to contemplate that the clock is ticking on his Chelsea reign after watching his side outclassed in a 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat at home to Manchester United.
Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba earned United a deserved success at Stamford Bridge – with the pressure now very much increasing on Italian Sarri, who many report could soon be facing the axe.
Reports on Monday morning suggested Chelsea were readying an ambitious approach for Zinedine Zidane to take control at Stamford Bridge, with Sarri – who leads Chelsea into the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday – now in serious jeopardy in many people’s eyes.
But when questioned in the after-match presser if he feared the boot, an unmoved Sarri simply responded: “No. I was worried when I was in League Two in Italy. Not now.”
Chelsea exited the competition amid a toxic atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, with many supporters turning on the manager by chanting ‘F*** ‘Sarriball’.
Asked if he’s ever faced such a backlash from his own supporters during his career, he added: “No. For everything there is the first time.”
Sarri was then asked why Chelsea played so badly and he responded: “We didn’t move the ball well, we didn’t create and we didn’t ask questions in the way we normally would.”
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