Today is Presidential elections in Nigeria and the future of the nation hangs in the balance… yet one man has an even precarious weekend as the whole world anticipates his humiliation and probably his sacking afterwards as he faces an uphill task of not only winning EFL cup when his team are in bad shape but he has to do it against the team that treated his team to their greatest defeat in eons.
Maurizio Sarri, 60 is an Italian coach who replaced his countryman, Conte after an abysmal season that saw them finish 5th and won the F.A Cup. Sarri is 6th on the table and has a slim chance of winning the EFL cup on Sunday. It doesn’t seem that the club got the improvement they hoped for.
Yes, things look dim and bleak for the former Napoli boss… but it is in the Club’s best interest that Sarri gets things together and make things work.
WHY DO CHELSEA NEED SARRI?
There is no doubt, Sarri is an amazing coach… and the kind of manager than can raise the club (back into Champions league). Although it is easy to criticize him fully when he sticks to his principles even when it appears not to be working… but his principles have got Chelsea playing some beautiful football, and we’ve seen how good it can get… maybe a few tweaks needed, but not a total overhaul.
There’s also the issue with their transfer ban, after the incoming transfer window, they can’t sign players in the next two transfer windows. They have just one transfer window to get it right, I’d rather bet on backing Sarri in the transfer window than taking a gamble with another coach and pressing reset.
HOW WILL YOU SAY ALL SARRI NEEDS IS TO BUY PLAYERS?
Not entirely absolving the manager of fault, there are lapses in the current squad. Ignoring the ‘too good to be true rumour of Barcelona wanting to swap Malcom with Willian and pay money on top‘ (held a vigil with a few Cules to ward off such evil)… across Chelsea’s frontline, only Hazard is wanted by top clubs across Europe. Hudson-Odoi is wanted by Bayern (will address this too)
I’m not saying Willian, Pedro, Higuain are total flops… but numbers don’t necessarily lie… bright spot… Pulisic is coming in in the summer and there is Odoi (seriously… I’m coming to this).
I’m not saying this boy is the next anyone o… but if Monaco didn’t trust Mbappe at 18… he wouldn’t have taken them to Champions league semi final against all odds, if France didn’t trust him at 19… he wouldn’t have scored four goals enroute to a World Cup Win.
If Ajax didn’t trust de Ligt, they wouldn’t make him club captain at 18 years of age. de Ligt started and played 90 minutes in all four group matches against Germany and France as the Netherlands won the group and qualified for the Nations League Finals.
Messi broke into the first team at 18, won his first balon d’Or at 22… go outside your and scream ‘Messi no sabi play’ and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
At 18, Ferguson signed an 18 year old boy from Sporting, the rest is history.
Odoi should get his fair chance is all I’m saying. He has definitely not played worse than Willian or Pedro and since things are not going well… what’s the worst that’ll happen?
Attimes Sarri would rather play Loftus-cheek upfront than Odoi which doesn’t add up.
YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY BE SUGGESTING ODOI IS THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS? 🤷🏾♂️🤷🏽♀️
Of course not… he’s just a poster boy for what is wrong with the manager…
SO YOU AGREE THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH SARRI?
If you keep cutting me, this article drags on for a while.
The manager is too rigid, he sticks to his ideas, methods, tools even when things are not working.
You have a league of players at your disposal and I still have a huge chance of survival if I’m asked to predict your lineup for tomorrow’s match correctly or get shot.
From sticking to Jorginho as DM, to not playing Christensen, to Emerson barely getting a chance, to Odoi, to always fielding the same formation and players.
Not sure which of these is the problem, but until Sarri starts running test-runs.
So I say again… his ideas are good but he has to be more flexible in achieving what he wants and if he does work things out, Chelsea will be glad they gave him a chance.
Do you think that Sarri can turn things around?