The Chelsea coach has widely been criticized for Chelsea’s recent slump in form.
Chelsea face bottom-dwellers Huddersfield in their next English Premier League fixture in what has become a must-win fixture for Sarri’s side. They have now suffered two consecutive defeats – against Arsenal and Bournemouth – and it has seen them drop a place in the points table. Chelsea are currently fifth with 47 points, while Arsenal adorn the fourth place with the same number of points. A resurgent United are only two points behind Chelsea and whatever the London club does wrong will swing things in favour of the Red Devils.
Chelsea had a fine start to the season under Maurizio Sarri but their form has taken a slump lately. Sarri, asked if he would change his tactics, said, “Why? First of all, I want to do Plan A very well,” he said. “I don’t want to change some things that, at the moment, don’t work very well. First of all, I want to see my football played very well. Then we can go and change something.”
“Everybody, 10 years ago, knew very well Barcelona, and Barcelona won everything because they played their football very well. So, first of all, I want to play very well my football. Then I can change. I want to remember that, in the first season [under Mauricio Pochettino and Jürgen Klopp], Tottenham and Liverpool were in the middle of the table.”
“The situation in England is very clear. There are three teams above the others. In one, the coach arrived five years ago, in another four years ago, and in the other three years ago. English football is in the hands of these teams. They had a plan and were really patient. So we need to change mentality and go on. The situation for me is really clear,” he added.
Sarri was also asked if he had received any assurance from the club. The former Napoli coach responded to it terming himself as a dreamer. He said,
“I don’t mind, because I am a dreamer. I want to play my football. But if I arrived here starting in a non-professional team, it’s because I am a dreamer.”
Chelsea, and Sarri in particular, need to deliver an answer and the fixture against Huddersfield, who are languishing at 20th in the points table, provides a chance for them to do it. A victory can ease pressure, while a negative result, even a draw, could make matters worse for the coach.