Maurizio Sarri should stay at Chelsea next season.
Amid the continual talk regarding our manager’s future, it’s important to acknowledge what he has achieved during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.
Here’s three reasons why we’d be mad to get rid of him.
Following the shocker of a season we had under Antonio Conte last time around, the main objective for Chelsea this term was to get back into the Champions League.
We may not have been entirely convinced of our capability to achieve it at times, but Sarri steered his stuttering Chelsea side to a third-place finish.
No manager should be penalised after achieving what he set out to do at the start of the season. We’d be going down a dangerous road if we dismissed him now.
Sarriball integration evident
Only a fool would deny that the style of play we have seen from Chelsea this season is a considerable improvement than what we were playing under Conte.
No longer have we set up to contain and suffer without possession, we get hold of the ball and patiently pass it around until an opportunity arises.
At times, we have lacked a killer pass or a clinical finish, but considering it’s the first season of Sarriball at Chelsea, we have to remain patient.
Two cup finals
Chelsea have reached two cup finals in Sarri’s debut season – the Carabao Cup final at Wembley and Europa League final in Baku.
Of course, if we walk away from the season without winning either of them, it’d work against Sarri rather than in his favour, but it’s a positive indicator, nonetheless.
Chelsea are a club who have to be fighting for silverware on all fronts, season after season. Sarri, who has never won a trophy himself, has learnt that already.