Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea boss says sorry after Man City rout

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea boss says sorry after Man City rout

"They beat us at Stamford Bridge and against Napoli [Sarri's old club] last season they were tight games - in moments of those games, they were better than us".

It also saw him become City's leading scorer in league football with 160 goals, extending his overall tally for the club to 222 in the process. That's because of the stunning run of form by Manchester United since club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced former manager Jose Mourinho just before the holidays. "We're watching a really weak football team here".

N'Golo Kante is simply irreplaceable.

That was as much of a response as Chelsea mustered, though, and it only got worse for Sarri's chances of keeping his job in the second period.

The Blues have now slipped to sixth in the Premier League table, below Arsenal on goal difference.

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People may be frustrated with how Chelsea have been playing in recent weeks, but they can be happy about the business that the executives did in January.

An apology was offered to Chelsea for any offence caused. Hudson-Odoi is clearly the Blues' most talented young player and it is obvious why Bayern were so keen on securing his signature. With a cleverly taken free kick down the right, Kevin De Bruyne released Bernardo Silva, who cut back for Sterling to strike into the net. This is important for the depth of the squad, and for the development of the players.

Sarri's assistant Gianfranco Zola, another hero with the Chelsea faithful, is tipped to step in as interim boss, should he be needed.

Sarri's players and the club were humiliated by the 6-0 drubbing against Pep Guardiola's City at the weekend and have been pushed out of the top four by Manchester United's resurgence under caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Chelsea hardly had time to take stock before they conceded again, with Gundogan slotting home a neat shot from the edge after a poor clearance from Antonio Rudiger. They were clinical across every aspect of the match, and highlighted every flaw in the "Sarri Ball" system. "All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable". Five games in the space of 14 days is elite.