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Category: Maurizio Sarri

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‘Why impossible?’: Maurizio Sarri insists top four remains in Chelsea’s grasp – video

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has blamed ‘a mental block’ for his side’s 2-0 loss at Everton following a fine first-half display. The defeat has dented the Blues hopes of finishing in the top four, but Sarri has insisted that ‘it is not impossible’ to ac…

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Maurizio Sarri accuses Chelsea of switching off early in defeat at Everton

• Manager highlights top-four concern without team consistency• ‘At the moment this is our limit, I think,’ says ItalianMaurizio Sarri accused his side of switching off mentally as Chelsea provided Everton’s first top-six scalp in more than two years, …

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Chelsea consider complaint over ‘dangerous’ surface for Dynamo Kyiv tie

• Maurizio Sarri says Europa League pitch in Kyiv is a ‘disaster’• ‘It’s really dangerous to play any football here in this moment’Maurizio Sarri has described the Olympic Stadium pitch as “a disaster” and “very dangerous” ahead of Chelsea’s Europa Lea…

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Jorginho: ‘I have a normal relationship with Sarri. I don’t go for dinner with him’

Chelsea midfielder denies he is Maurizio Sarri’s golden boy and says he is working hard to get the fans onsideJorginho abandons Italian and breaks into English only once but, when he does, it is born of exasperation. The prickly subject of his close re…

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Maurizio Sarri confident of starting next season at Chelsea after upturn in form

• Manager has held talks about preseason plans with hierarchy• David Luiz calls Sarri ‘a great human … giving the best advice’Maurizio Sarri believes his tenure at Chelsea will extend beyond the end of the season, regardless of securing qualification…

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‘We are fighting’: Chelsea’s Sarri warns Tottenham they are in top-four battle – video

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has praised Kepa Arrizabalaga’s response to being dropped after the goalkeeper made a major contribution to the side’s win at Fulham.Speaking after Chelsea’s victory, Sarri also warned Tottenham that their Ch…

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Arrizabalaga farce teaches Chelsea and Sarri the value of compromise | Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea’s manager has faced a mutinous goalkeeper, unrest in the stands and a board with a potentially itchy trigger finger. Harmony has been restored but for how long?It can be difficult to maintain perspective when Chelsea enter crisis mode. Just as …

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Maurizio Sarri addresses Kepa row after Chelsea’s win against Spurs – video

Chelsea put a tumultuous few days behind them and a smile back on Maurizio Sarri’s face as they revived their top-four hopes with a confident win over a stuttering Tottenham side at Stamford Bridge.Sarri has been under immense pressure of late aft…

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Dropping Arrizabalaga was payback for petulance, says Chelsea’s Sarri

• Willy Caballero chosen in goal for win over Spurs• Sarri: ‘Kepa made a big mistake and paid’Maurizio Sarri justified his decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga as payback for the goalkeeper’s petulance during the Carabao Cup final, with the world’s most …

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‘There are consequences’: Sarri on whether Arrizabalaga will start in goal against Spurs – video

Maurizio Sarri has said he is yet to decide whether Kepa Arrizabalaga will start in goal in Chelsea’s match against Tottenham after the 24-year-old refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final.Sportsblog: Arrizabalaga farce distracted teammates a…

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Maurizio Sarri considers dropping Kepa Arrizabalaga for Tottenham game

• Chelsea manager to decide ‘what is better for my group’• ‘We don’t want to kill him,’ Sarri says after cup final incidentMaurizio Sarri has yet to determine whether Kepa Arrizabalaga will start Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspu…

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David Luiz believes Maurizio Sarri can lift Chelsea for rest of the season

• Centre-back says manager deserves respect of everybody• ‘We all believe in the way he wants us to play’David Luiz has delivered a public show of support for Maurizio Sarri and insisted Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted late in the Carabao…

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Kepa farce distracted his teammates and disrespected the entire game | Richard Williams

The incident in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final was regrettable for so many reasons and Maurizio Sarri was not the only person to look on in disbeliefJust two weeks ago we were mourning the death of England’s greatest goalkeeper, a man who did his job witho…

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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri: Kepa substitution row a ‘misunderstanding’ – video

Maurizio Sarri played down the controversy between himself and Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper appeared to defy orders to be substituted during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Man City. ‘It was a big misunderstanding,’ Sarri says. ‘I …

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Sarri and Kepa try to play down substitution ‘misunderstanding’

• ‘In no moment was it my intention to disobey,’ claims keeper• Italian says Arrizabalaga ‘was right, but in the wrong way’Maurizio Sarri’s grip on his position as Chelsea’s head coach has been further loosened after Kepa Arrizabalaga appeared to under…

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Kepa’s shootout mutiny emblematic of Sarri’s sinking ship at Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Refusal of keeper to be substituted near end of extra time undermined manager’s good work in League Cup finalSomething astonishing happened in extra-time of extra time here. Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off the pitch. He was substituted by his man…

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Maurizio Sarri heads to Carabao Cup final as Chelsea’s dead man walking | Dominic Fifield

Wembley appearance will do little to kill the sense of inevitability over the Italian’s future at Stamford BridgeMaurizio Sarri strides out at Wembley a dead man walking. He can cling to football’s capacity to shock, and even convince himself an appear…

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I never feared sack at Manchester City like Sarri does at Chelsea, says Guardiola

• Caralan draws contrast with Chelsea’s short-term approach• Sarri’s side will be keen to avenge 6-0 loss warns GuardiolaPep Guardiola has highlighted Chelsea’s short-term approach by stating he enjoyed Manchester City’s backing in a way Antonio Conte …

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Chelsea may turn to England coach Steve Holland if Maurizio Sarri is sacked

• Holland has worked at Chelsea and assists Gareth Southgate• He is believed to be favoured option to take charge till summerChelsea would consider approaching their former coach and current England assistant manager Steve Holland to help steady the sh…

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Sarri: slow start against Malmö showed Jorghino’s importance to Chelsea

• ‘With him it’s easier. I hope our fans will understand’• Manager warns performance will need to improve against CityMaurizio Sarri suggested Chelsea will court disaster in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City if they are gripped by a si…