Sarri picks over the bones as confusion reigns at Chelsea
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 20, 2019,
Feb 20, 2019, 0:46
Maurizio Sarri was left picking over the bones of Chelsea's FA Cup exit against Manchester United on Tuesday as the odds shortened on him suffering the same fate as Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas in failing to last a season as Blues manager.
The decision to bring on right-back Davide Zappacosta in place of Cesar Azpilicueta in another like-for-like change caused further surprise among players - particularly given attacking players Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud on the bench.
Sarri faces a crucial eight days that will likely determine his future.
"I am anxious about the result not our fans", he said. I can understand the situation because the result wasn't good.
"No, I was anxious when I was in the second division in Italy, not now", he told reporters.
The Italian made a bright start to life at Stamford Bridge and the club were unbeaten in the Premier League until late November.
Next up for the Red Devils - who are fourth in the table - is the small matter of their crunch Premier League clash against Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Then Solskjaer and his Manchester United in the FA Cup. I am anxious about our results. But I think the players are with me.
Pogba was a presence throughout the match, but it was Herrera who really stood out over the course of the encounter, and was the man of the contest in the eyes of many. Now, Sarri needs to get the best out of the duo as they are key players.
The second half of the game was much more open, with both teams creating chances in the final third.