Maurizio Sarri has called for Chelsea’s board to be patient with him as he draws on the example of Pep Guardiola’s first season, when the Spaniard failed to win any trophies at Manchester City.
Chelsea prepare to face Man City on Saturday for the first time with Sarri as their coach, with the Italian’s side under increased pressure after back-to-back away defeats to Tottenham and Wolves.
The Blues are now on the brink of dropping out of the Champions League places ahead of the match against undefeated City, with Sarri’s men in fourth thanks to a superior goal difference over Arsenal.
Sarri thinks it was inevitable that Chelsea would suffer a blip as he overhauled their style of play and has called upon the club’s board to have patience with him.
“You’ll have to ask the club,” Sarri said when asked if he will still be Chelsea manager at the end of the season. “I don’t know what to answer. I don’t know. What happens if Guardiola had no time in City?
“Maybe the best team in the world wasn’t City in the last year. I don’t know. It’s not my problem. My problem is to improve my players, to solve the situation, to solve problems, to try to gain a lot of points. Then there is the club that will decide what is better for them.”