Perhaps they need to reword the phrase as stubborn as a mule, from what I’ve seen Mauricio Sarri deserves a look in.
I suppose at least you can say he is committed to his philosophy. Of course to all but the most optimistic fan, that commitment is tantamount to suicide. Our performances have been worrying for the last month and a half, draws against Cardiff and the loss against Arsenal left a bad taste in the mouth. Then it got worse. If Bournemouth was a disaster then City was Chernobyl. Claxons wailing, people screaming as they run through the streets, smoke blocking the sun kind of disaster. Not since 1991 has a Chelsea side been so comprehensively outplayed. And a lot has changed since 1991. So what has gone so wrong?
Let’s get the obvious out the way first. Kante. Wrong position. Next. The defence. Please bear in mind that every centre back to ever play at Chelsea since 2004 has had the luxury of a world class defensive midfielder shielding them from danger. Makelele, Essien, Matic, Kante. Jorginho sadly plays a different game to those mentioned and it shows. David Luiz has been mercilessly exposed without cover and regardless of how good a passer he is, he cannot handle forwards running at him which is his main job.
Marcos Alonso has similarly been exposed having moved from wing back. City’s first goal falls almost squarely at his feet for switching off. Jorginho is not quick enough with the ball at his feet to escape man marking and loses the ball too often deep in midfield. Barkley, Kovacic and Loftus Cheek all look confused as to what their jobs are as attacking midfielders and fail to deliver any real threat going forward and provide little cover going back. We seem to have too many square pegs playing in round holes and Sarri just keeps hammering regardless. Surely a manager’s main job is to make sure his team are comfortable in their positions so he can implement his style of play. Clearly, Chelsea are not comfortable.
Two options present themselves going forward. Stick or twist. Ask any angry Chelsea fan their opinion and they would undoubtedly twist. Everyone is sick and tired of endless sideways passing before being dispossessed and routed the other way. If you had asked me two weeks ago I would have suggested backing the manager, assuming of course that the loss at Bournemouth was a perfect storm and Sarri would learn from his mistakes. After Sunday however, I am not so sure. I still believe that his style of play can work in the Premier League but he has to make concessions. Dropping Jorginho would be the perfect way to show the fans that he can make the necessary changes to repair our season. If the stubborn Italian can bend rather break perhaps he has a future at the club.