‘Chelsea have third best squad in the Premier League… but the worst manager’ – Andy Jacobs slams Maurizio Sarri in talkSPORT rant
Chelsea fan Andy Jacobs has branded Maurizio Sarri ‘the worst manager in the Premier League’ in his latest rant about the ‘perfect storm’ at Stamford Bridge.
The talkSPORT host tore apart the Italian boss following Monday night’s 2-2 draw with Burnley, as the Blues wasted a chance to strengthen their bid for a top-four finish.
All four goals were scored in a thrilling opening 24 minutes, with Chelsea frustrated by the stubborn Clarets at Stamford Bridge.
It was a huge missed opportunity for the west Londoners after top-four rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all lost over the weekend; a win would have lifted Chelsea to third place, two points ahead of Spurs.
And Andy wasn’t best pleased about the result or Sarri’s team selection, and he hopes the Italian boss will return to his homeland in the summer, amid speculation he is wanted by Roma and Inter Milan.
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“I’d be amazed if Sarri will still be manager next season,” said the talkSPORT host on Tuesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show.
“He’s wanted back in Italy, so with a bit of luck Chelsea will get out of having to pay him off.
“He’s just not up to it.
“I think Chelsea have got the third best squad and probably the worst manager in the league. The things he does, the second-halfitis thing…
“It’s happened eight times where they’ve given a goal away within ten minutes of half-time – that’s something that just shouldn’t happen.
“They’re never going to score in the second-half, they just don’t do that, especially with the substitutions he makes.
“He never changes his tactics!”
Speaking of tactics, Andy was particularly baffled and infuriated by a certain half-time substitution, which Sarri appeared to believe would throw the game in the Blues’ favour.
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“I’ve got nothing to say about Burnley other than well done,” he added. “They defended well and did what Burnley do.
“It was down to Chelsea to break them down and the half-time substitution of Mateo Kovacic [brought on for N’Golo Kante] was ridiculous.
“You’re only got four or five games left of the season, just play your best players! It doesn’t matter if they played on Thursday. I suppose Sarri thought Ross Barkley had played too many minutes…
“It was clear, needing a goal, you don’t bring on a bloke who brings no goal threat whatsoever (Kovacic) – he can’t put in a through ball, he’s never going to score and he can’t cross.
“He’s brilliant at passing it backwards five yards, he’s wonderful at that. That’s his skill.
“It’s sort of a perfect storm for Chelsea at the moment. [They’ve got] an absentee owner, the star player [Eden Hazard] leaving, his heir apparent [Callum Hudson-Odoi] out until December, an ageing defence, a rubbish manager… and they’re playing in the Europa League which basically does your league form in completely!”
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