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Sarri: A successful first season?

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Sarri: A successful first season?

There is plenty of talk that Sarri hasn’t been good enough this season, with his Chelsea side failing to get anywhere near Manchester City and Liverpool, who have stormed clear at the top of the Premier League.

Yet, with a third-place finish, a Europa League final on the way and a disappointing penalty shoot-out defeat to the hands of Manchester City in the League Cup final, many other teams would have been delighted to be in the Blues’ position.

There are, however, high demands at the Bridge. Conte, who is currently rumoured to be joining Inter Milan, was sacked the season after winning the Premier League.

He had failed to defend Chelsea’s title, but did manage to lift the FA Cup for the Blues. However, this wasn’t enough for the Chelsea hierarchy and Sarri must feel that his time may soon be up, even if he does win the Europa League.

A couple of months back, when Chelsea were held at home to newly promoted Wolves and losing away to Silva’s Everton, there was the possibility that Sarri’s side were going to lose out on a top-four spot altogether.

However, Chelsea went on to only lose one out of their next eight league matches, cementing their place in the Champions League places.

So will Sarri be replaced as of next season? It’s a difficult one to answer at this stage.

There has been a growing sense of frustration at times this season among fans, despite their strong end to the Premier League campaign.

With a transfer window ban which stretches until 2020, Chelsea may well struggle to entice a new manager to the club, knowing they cannot make any immediate changes to their personnel.

Chelsea have decided to appeal the decision and have taken matters further, taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in an attempt to reduce the ban.

Sarri admitted it will be difficult to compete under the twelve-month ban.

He said:

“It’s very difficult to cover the gap, at the moment. We need to work. Probably we’d need something from the market.

So it’s not easy because the level of the top two is very, very high. ‘I don’t believe in buying 10 players. I think we have to buy only one or two players. Otherwise, it’s very difficult to improve immediately.

I think we are a very good team, and so we need only one or two players, no more.”

Another concern is what happens if Eden Hazard leaves, and it does appear likely that he will – but Sarri can’t be blamed for this.

The world-class midfielder is wanted by a handful of clubs, with the main interest coming from Real Madrid. Sometimes, it is all too difficult to turn down a club as big as Real Madrid.

Eden Hazard

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It’s not all doom and gloom on the player front, however, as Chelsea were able to sign Borussia Dortmund’s winger Christian Pulisic for £58m in January before the ban was issued. He will link up with his new teammates in the next few weeks.

Sarri and his way of playing hasn’t excited many Chelsea fans this season, but with a year under his belt in England, it may well be worth sticking with the Italian, especially with another final on the way.

Chelsea may be in the Champions League, but without being able to buy anyone, it doesn’t look like an attractive position to take from the outside.

Napoli fans have expressed their desire for their old boss to return after a poor season under Carlo Ancelotti, but it remains unclear whether Sarri will call is a day on his time at the Bridge.

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James Porter

I grew up in the 90's watching the likes of Zola, Di Matteo and Wise. In 2004 i founded TalkChelsea.

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Brent Wherry
Brent Wherry
1 year ago

Successful ? I’d say very lucky. The Europa final is after some fairly easy legs. 3rd in the PL is by default because Spurs, Arsenal and Man U gave us the position with pathetic finishes (ours was only a bit better). The biggest achievement was getting to the Carabou Cup… Read more »

1 year ago

I see Sarri as a father figure the system sometimes can be frustrating whereby we are just passing the ball without any goals coming but surely its a system if all goes well Chelsea will be dismantling teams as they keep possession the more trans ban may affect our chances… Read more »

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