Chelsea’s hierarchy is unhappy with Maurizio Sarri over his treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi. Also his decision to publicly criticise his players on several occasions this season.
The Italian suffered his most massive league defeat in 23 years with the 4-0 loss away to Bournemouth.
After an impressive start at Stamford Bridge in which the team went 18 games unbeaten, Chelsea’s form has dipped. The club is in danger of missing out on a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Time Running Out For Maurizio Sarri
According to The Times, Sarri will be given time to turn things around. Furthermore, there is growing unease at some of the 60-year-old’s methods both on and off the pitch.
The report claims that Sarri’s decision to sparingly utilise Callum Hudson-Odoi in the first half of the season has made Chelsea’s hierarchy unhappy.
The 18-year-old was one of Chelsea’s best players during their pre-season campaign but then went on to make only five first-team appearances until the end of December.
Chelsea is desperate to fend off interest from Bayern Munich and get Hudson-Odoi to commit to a new deal, but the winger is keen to join the Bundesliga champions and handed in a transfer request last week. Chelsea’s board are also said to be unhappy with Sarri’s decision to criticise his player in public after their negative results.
Defeat to Bournemouth, Sarri claimed that his players had not even learnt of his style of play. ‘We are struggling, above all mentally. We had assumed that we learned a certain style of football. The truth is we never did learn it and are paying the consequences,’ Sarri told Sky Sports Italia.
‘It was an excellent first half, but we conceded after the restart and then stopped being a team. We stopped attacking or defending as a team; we did everything individually.