Saturday, 23 February, 2019

My job is on the line now, admits Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri

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Kristopher Love | 11 February, 2019, 05:39

Sarri has lost eight of 40 games in charge and the current Chelsea squad do not seem to be listening to him either, so Abramovich is the only person who can truly say how long he has at the helm.

Sarri was also asked if he feared for his future as Blues boss.

"Not yet", said Guardiola when asked if City were on a par with Barca.

"I am anxious about my team and I am anxious about the performance. So I am not anxious [about that], you have to ask the club".

"My target is to play my football, not to change another football because at the moment we are playing another football". At the beginning [of the season] it worked.

"In the last three or four matches we have been in trouble without a reaction at the first difficulty so we need to understand".

At this point, Chelsea fans began to open up Google Maps and six minutes later were following the route home as Ilkay Gundogan curled a tame effort in for a fourth.

The record had been held by Eric Brook since1940, who had 158 goals to his name, but the Argentine equaled and then broke that record in an incredible attacking display at the Etihad Stadium. After 3-0 they were much better than us and after 5-0 it was not easy for them.

Sarri, though, did not think they were struggling for motivation this time. "They win that and they are leaders, with us behind, but I am proud". My feeling was very good yesterday in the meeting and the warm-up today.

"City have had a big week with games against Arsenal and Everton, but they were able to start with Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling on the bench against the Toffees, so at least those two will be fairly fresh", Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

"At that moment we had only to stay in the match and we were not able to do that". Now we play better at home than away.

Despite the post-match action, which involved Pep Guardiola's handshake offer to Maurizio Sarri being aired, it was the preceding 90 minutes which was the real story.

"It was by chance because I wanted to go to the dressing room and at the moment I didn't see him. I don't have a problem with Pep".

"I admire these kind of players, the consistency". (Sarri) didn't see me. I said if he felt good he could take it.

The Spaniard empathises with the scrutiny Sarri is under and believes the former Napoli coach needs time to implement his ideas.

"I have said many times, Sergio scores every single season a lot of goals", said Guardiola. This kind of person or this type of game always helps to make our football better.