Maurizio Sarri: I'm 'always at risk' of being sacked by Chelsea

Tanya Simon
February 11, 2019

Chelsea had not lost by six goals or more since April 1991 - a year before the inception of the Premier League - when Nottingham Forest beat the west London club 7-0.

Sergio Aguero's treble saw the City striker draw level with Alan Shearer's record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks, with Raheem Sterling contributing a brace and Ilkay Gundogan also on target.

"I don't know at the moment, but I think that [talks] will happen".

"After three games in a week - tough games against Arsenal and at Goodison Park - playing the way we played with this intensity and patience to find spaces in the right moments, the players were outstanding".

"I spoke with [Sarri's assistant] Gianfranco [Zola] and it's no problem", Guardiola said.

However, head coach Sarri still has no intention of changing his philosophy. Something is changing. I am not able to see the reason but we have to work for this.

The City reverse was Chelsea's third away league defeat in a row in which they have conceded 12 goals, piling the pressure on a manager whose insistence on adhering to his philosophy of possession football is frustrating the Chelsea fans. "I am worried about my team, I am worried about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not worried about the club - you have to ask the club". After 3-0 they were much better than us and after 5-0 it was not easy for them.

Rudiger then said to him "I've come over to say sorry, stand in front of me if you've something to say!"

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"But that result for City has confirmed after their hiccup, they're saying: 'We're bang at it, this is how we're going to finish the season".

Sarri, though, did not think they were struggling for motivation this time. "We have to say they played really fantastic football".

Chelsea slipped to sixth place on goal difference and are a point behind Manchester United in fourth as the race for Champions League qualification continues. "My first year was hard too". People need time, [it] only depends on the owners, the people in charge need to believe.

City could do with a favour from Manchester United, who host Liverpool at Old Trafford later in February.

To show how things have turned around, United now have a better goal difference than Chelsea, having been 21 goals worse off before Solskjaer's first game against Cardiff on December 22.

"We are there, we are the leaders, but Liverpool have one more game [in hand]".

A key turning point came on the hour when Jamie Vardy missed a penalty for Leicester with his first touch of the game.

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