Chelsea to consider Sarri as new manager should Conte depart Stamford Bridge

      

Chelsea to consider Sarri as new manager should Conte depart Stamford Bridge

Picture: Илья Хохлов

Despite winning the Premier League league in his first season, Antonio Conte is not guaranteed a long stay at Stamford Bridge. In fact, rumours about Chelsea seeking for a potential replacement have already emerged in the media.

Chelsea’s current situation is not helping the Italian either. The Blues are fourth in the League standings, having collected 16 points out of nine matches and trailing nine points behind leaders Manchester City.

The shocking defeat at Selhurst Park against rock-bottom Crystal Palace from two weeks ago and the dramatic 3-3 against AS Roma in the Champions League qualifying campaign have also raised questions over The Blues being the same team as last season.

Conte fully understands, but increasingly looks like he is on the verge of waving a white flag too. The 48-year-old previously admitted that he felt homesick, sparking rumours that he might be the next AC Milan boss. He has also fallen under the barrage of criticism from his own players who are reportedly opposed to his intensive training regime, something he later denied.

Antonio ContePicture: Nazionale Calcio. I'm going this way...

It is no wonder then that Chelsea are now considering Conte’s countryman Maurizio Sarri as a  potential replacement at Stamford Bridge, according to reports.

The 58-year-old Napoli manager has been doing an excellent job since his appointment in August 2015. Napoli finished second and third in the last two years respectively and remain unbeaten in nine out of ten played matches in the Serie A this campaign.

Napoli recently returned to the top of Serie A after beating Genoa 3-2 at the Luigi Ferraris stadium on Wednesday. If Dries Martens and Co. keep the top-form, it won’t be a surprise to see Napoli win the Scudetto this year.

Sarri boasts an impressive winning percentage of 66.96 percent so far, having won 75 out of 112 matches.

Despite this, Sarri has been criticized for not doing so well in Europe.

Last season, the Italian outfit were kicked out of the Champions League round 16 by Real Madrid, who eventually won the trophy for the 12th time. This season, they are third in the European tables, having amassed three points from one win (against Feyenoord) and two losses (against Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk).

But with big-spenders PSG and Manchester City, and the presence of the Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, the way to the Champions League title seems barred at present. The Chelsea board seems to understand this as they are clearly attracted by Sarri’s domestic feats. According to reports, the Blues will offer Sarri a salary of around £9 million a year.

Roman AbramovichPicture: Mark Freeman

Abramovich should take notes on the Italian's achievements from last season, but also that there are problems to solve at this moment. The Blues have not had the best of transfer windows this summer and are terribly thin in some areas of their squad.

Conte has nonetheless utilised the potential of some of his new signings such as Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko, and could do some repairs in the January transfer window should the board give him adequate backing.

If reports about the Sarri approach are true, it seems that the Blues board are doing it as an insurance policy to losing Antonio Conte, but crazier things have happened in the Premier League before, so we shouldn't completely rule out Abramavich summoning Conte to his office for some bad news too. 

 

 

Load More

Talking Points Liverpool vs. Man City: Three things to expect from the Anfield clash

Talking Points Real Madrid 2-2 Numancia; Three Lessons from the Copa Del Rey Contest

Chelsea Conte admits previous attempt to sign Sanchez

Talking Points A look at the statistics from Arsenal's draw with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup

Manchester United Manchester United to rival City for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder

Talking Points Norwich City 0 – 0 Chelsea: 3 Significant Points from the Game

Talking Points Three talking points from Arsenal's FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest

Tottenham Hotspur Pochettino sets sights on Barcelona 24-year-old midfielder

Manchester City Guardiola plans to replace Kompany with Juventus star

Chelsea Chelsea v Arsenal: All TV Channels, Live Streams, Team news

Liverpool Liverpool to reinvest Coutinho money in two world-class players

Chelsea Former Chelsea manager to race in Dakar Rally

Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17