Questions continue to be asked of the Italian coach at Stamford Bridge and a run of crucial fixtures are likely to shape his future in west London
Maurizio Sarri has a month to avoid “a precarious position” at Chelsea, says Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris, with there a number of issues to address if the Italian is to avoid “walking”.
The Italian was only handed the reins at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018 as he succeeded fellow countryman Antonio Conte.
A bright start was made to life in west London, as he opened competitive action with a lengthy unbeaten run, but the wheels have come off in recent weeks.
Asked what the future holds for Sarri, Blues legend Harris told
“The knives are out for the fella at the moment but it’s up to him now to get the players to rally round.
“Whether he can do that remains to be seen because they’re playing Manchester United in the cup, the League Cup final coming up and four or five games in the next couple of weeks so I think he needs to put it right otherwise he will be walking.”
“In football, if you leak goals like we’re doing - we were doing it even before those games and I don’t think we look sound enough defensively - you don’t win matches.
“One of the biggest losses that Chelsea have had is John Terry. John was a leader on the field and he organised things.
“That doesn’t seem to be happening on the field at the moment. Once you start losing goals, you don’t win matches. Now, they’re going to have a battle to finish in the top four.”
One of the other issues facing Chelsea at present is considered to be their system.
‘Sarri-ball’ earned plenty of plaudits early in the season, but
Harris said of that selection call: “I would think that when you think what he did last year, he was head and shoulders ahead of anyone else.
“But looking at him playing at the moment, it’s like me, a defender who never crossed the halfway line playing as a striker.
“He looks totally out of the role he played last season. I think everybody can see that but, obviously, the manager sees different things.”