Top-tier journalist explains why it's 'time for Chelsea to back coach over players'
- Matt Law, a top-tier reporter for reputable The Telegraph, claims David Luiz, Pedro, Willian and even Eden Hazard might be all in a position to leave in summer.
- The journalist believes it might be the right time to let Maurizio Sarri build a new team around new leaders who would care for the team's future.
- The reporter also recalls how Antonio Conte wanted to get rid of almost half the squad back in the days and stresses it might have been not that mad as it must have seemed.
Chelsea seemingly reached the peak of their season-long fever on Sunday, February 10 when the Blues got absolutely declassed by Manchester City at Etihad. Pep Guardiola's men totally outplayed Maurizio Sarri's crew and managed to score six unanswered goals.
The incident has sparked a lot of heated discussions on the Italian specialist's future at Stamford Bridge. As many among the fans, media or former players believe it could no longer continue like that at the club, some still are confident the boss is not the biggest problem here.
Thus, Matt Law, one of the most reputable reporters, in fact, a Chelsea insider for top-tier The Telegraph, stresses that with all of those who are supposed to be leaders at the team likely leaving in summer or even not worried about the team's future whatsoever, it might be the right time for Chelsea to provide support for their manager for once:
If there was ever a time for Chelsea to back the coach over the players then this is surely it - Luiz out of contract in summer, Pedro and Willian one year left, Hazard (probably) going. Main problem is Sarri has offered v little encouragement he's prepared to give youth a chance— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) February 11, 2019
The journalist has therefore adduced an argument to prove his point of view reasonable. Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hardly ever wanted to keep within the team or to play regularly each of the aforementioned persons, apart from maybe Eden Hazard. The manager's conflicts with the veterans might have seemed an indicative of his stubbornness or sharp temper at the time, however, Law still wonders whether the Italian was to a certain extent right:
If Conte had stayed at Chelsea, he wanted to get rid of around half the squad. It sounded like madness at the time, but it seems he was right. The job he did in winning the PL title and FA Cup looks better by the week.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) February 10, 2019