Redknapp blasts Sarri inflexibility, Kante-Jorginho swap in question again
- The pundit wonders how Chelsea can leak so many goals in.
- He can't get why Sarri stubbornly uses Kante up field.
- He does want the Italian to be given time.
Jamie Redknapp described what he saw at the Etihad for the Daily Mail.
''As he disappeared down the tunnel, Maurizio Sarri had the look of a beaten man. Even against a team of Manchester City’s might, Chelsea do not lose 6-0. They do not lose 4-0 to Bournemouth, either, or 2-0 to an Arsenal team beset by defensive issues.''
He does question Sarri tactically: ''It wasn’t that Chelsea gave up at the Etihad or stopped running for their manager. They were simply too predictable. Every time Chelsea made a mistake, City were lying in wait to punish them. There is no variation to Sarri’s tactics. In a game like this, why wasn’t N’Golo Kante asked to play deeper and give Jorginho some support?
Just watched the first 25 mins of yesterday’s game back 😬😬😬— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) February 11, 2019
The first goal gets worse with every viewing but the spaces either side of Jorginho are what really killed Chelsea. Sarri’s decision to send Kante & Barkley pressing high was brave but ultimately foolish #cfc
''The Chelsea hierarchy hired Sarri because of his style of play but they must be growing increasingly frustrated by his lack of flexibility. They will quickly have to decide whether they back Sarri and give him time to implement his philosophy or to say that enough is enough.''
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Redknapp still reckons Sarri deserves some more time: ''If they do make a change, though, who do they bring in? Do Chelsea look at Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and give the job to Gianfranco Zola until the end of the season? I still believe that Sarri deserves another chance but if this defeat is the final straw, he can have no complaints.''