Chelsea identify Maurizio Sarri’s potential replacement

Maurizio Sarri will be left biting his bottom lip through his teeth, if problems continues flood in like a broken dam, just like the complete mauling of his side by Manchester City last month.

Chelsea have yet to find their rhythm this second term of the season, pulling further apart from the side that won more than 11 games in a trot in the first half.

You’d have believed sarri-ball had come to stay in England, after it became a commonplace in Italy.

But that has not been the case this second half of the season following their painful drop from the FA Cup by Manchester United, and a shambolic showoff at the Etihad.

Sarri’s job as manager is hanging on a thread, but a snatched win from their previous match against  Fulham and not-too-bad a performance against Manchester City has him off the hook for now.

Nonetheless, Chelsea will not put all their eggs in one basket. Reports spilling out of news outlets in England say Chelsea chiefs are already searching for a replacement should they give the 60-year-old the boot earlier than expected.

England’s No.2 Steve Holland is an short-term option to replace the Italian. Sarri once mentioned he couldn’t change his tack, but Fulham and City’s games showed the Italian could welcome change.

Centre-back Antonio Rudiger said: “I think everyone has adapted to new things – also the coach,” said the Germany international.

“You saw the way we played against Tottenham and Manchester City. It was different to the way we played in the first three months.

“The coach learned from that game against Manchester City (where Chelsea lost 6-0).”