Do Chelsea stick or twist with Sarri?

first_imgAfter Eden Hazard admitted that he was keen to exit Chelsea for Real Madrid, there has been much speculation about the fate of the manager, Maurizio Sarri too. Italian Sarri joined Chelsea in July 2018 but has endured a difficult first season and many sources are suggesting all is not well at the club. The question is, will Sarri still be at the helm when the new season rolls around?A season of two halvesSarri has been under fire for more or less the whole season at Chelsea. He started off on the back foot after losing the Charity Shield to Man City but fans would have forgiven this if the Premier League results had been good. Unfortunately Chelsea started to leak points, putting the team under pressure from the start. Before Christmas Chelsea had dropped points against West Ham, Wolves and Leicester as well as rivals Man U and Spurs. After Christmas the fortunes of Chelsea slowly began to improve following a watershed 2-0 victory over Spurs in February. There were fewer losses and draws although the results were still a long way from perfect, losing to Everton and drawing against Wolves.The good news for Chelsea was that the teams around them in the Premier League were also missing opportunities to claim three points for every match. This enabled Chelsea to claw back the gap, finishing the season in third position. There was better yet to come with the Europa League Cup Final where Chelsea hammered fellow Premier League team Arsenal by 4-1. A future in doubtDespite bringing major silverware to Stamford Bridge, bookies are still only offering even odds on the likelihood that Sarri will stay and if that’s a bet you want to take, we’d recommend you do only do it with a free bet given the latest news headlines. Although Chelsea fans were delighted by the win, and for automatically qualifying for next year’s Champions League, many feel dissatisfied with Sarri’s style of play. The Italian himself has expressed a desire to return to his home country, describing the urge as “strong” and admitting to a “difficult” year in the Premier League. Chelsea are apparently willing to allow him to leave if Juventus want him as their new boss. The hot seat in Turin is currently vacant following Allegri’s departure and the club are keen for Sarri to make the switch. However, although many signs are pointing towards a return to Serie A for Sarri, there’s still a good chance he may remain in the Premier League. He hasn’t really clicked with the fans and although the season was a success, Sarri may still feel as if he has a point to prove. From a more practical perspective, there are still two more years remaining on Sarri’s contract. If Juve want him, they’ll need to stump up £5million to Chelsea and some sources predict this will be just too much. Sarri himself seems very much in two minds about where he wants to be. Despite pining for Italy he also says he is “very happy” in the Premier League and will be talking to Chelsea bosses soon about his future. Will Roman Abramovich crack his famous whip and move Sarri on – or will the trophy be enough to quell any restlessness, at least for another season? With all betting split right now on the likely outcome, the only thing for sure right now is that fans will be watching developments at the Bridge very closely. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoCash RoadsterAt 53, Gordon Ramsay’s Net Worth?Cash RoadsterUndoSuper Boost WiFiBrand New WiFi Booster Internet Providers Don’t Want You To Know AboutSuper Boost WiFiUndoiBoosterIngenious device for $59 transforms slow WiFi into Highspeed InternetiBoosterUndoMrHealthyFrog6 Worst Foods we Give to ChildrenMrHealthyFrogUndoHealth & Human Research7 Best Herbs For Natural Kidney CleansingHealth & Human ResearchUndoTopexpensive.comTop 22 Most Expensive Handbags In The WorldTopexpensive.comUndolast_img read more

Monaco Beats Manchester City 3-1 to Reach Quarterfinals

first_imgMONACO (AP) — Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s thumping header sent Monaco through to the Champions League quarterfinals as the home side beat Manchester City 3-1 on Wednesday to progress on the away goals rule in another pulsating match between two attack-minded sides.City fought back from 2-0 down and was momentarily back in control after midfielder Leroy Sane’s 71st-minute goal. But six minutes later Bakayoko rose imperiously to meet Thomas Lemar’s curling free kick and restore the two-goal margin Monaco needed as the contest finished 6-6 on aggregate.Trailing 5-3 from the first leg of their Round of 16 match, Monaco made the perfect start. Confirming his reputation as a rising star of European football, 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe scored from close range in the eighth minute for his 11th goal in 11 games.Brazilian midfielder Fabinho made it 2-0 in the 29th with a crisp shot from near the penalty spot after excellent work by left back Benjamin Mendy.Three weeks ago, City had rallied from 3-2 down with three goals in the last 20 minutes and Pep Guardiola’s side needed another comeback on the French Riviera.City played much better in the second half, with Sane scoring after City top scorer Sergio Aguero had missed good chances.The fleet-footed Sane was one of City’s best players in the first leg and came alive after the break, smashing the ball into the roof of the net after Danijel Subasic’s save from Raheem Sterling’s low shot fell right into his path.That gave City hope.But it was not enough, and Monaco’s players rushed to the center circle to mob each other as the final whistle blew.In the night’s other match, Atletico Madrid also reached the quarterfinals, drawing 0-0 at home to Bayer Leverkusen to advance 4-2 on aggregate.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more