EMMANUEL PETIT has launched a stinging attack on Maurizio Sarri – accusing the Chelsea boss of losing the plot and taking the club back to the dark ages.
World Cup winner Petit has watched on amazed at the way Sarri has continued to plough on with his tactics even though his side has been exposed, culminating in the 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City.
The former Chelsea midfielder claims the Italian boss is showing signs of losing the plot as the pressure mounts on his job.
Sarri snubbed Pep Guardiola’s handshake at the Etihad on Sunday and Petit believe it is a clear example of the manager’s head not being in the right place.
And in a withering assessment of the current situation at Stamford Bridge, he accused the manager of taking the club back to the dark ages of Jose Mourinho’s final months in charge.
Petit said: “Over the last few games, I have seen some things on the pitch that makes me wonder why Maurizio Sarri wants to keep going with his current approach.
“Sarri said he is a strong man, that he has a vision for the team and will ignore the critics, especially in relation to Jorginho and N’golo Kanté. He said that he would stick to his guns.
“I understand and I appreciate that – I respect it – but I think he has forgotten something very important: he doesn’t have to convince the press or the fans, he has to convince his players.
“And for the moment it’s difficult to believe his players are confident about the way they play and the way he wants them to play.
“What I saw on Sunday against Manchester City said it all: poor performances individually and collectively; no rage on the pitch; the body language.
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“Sarri said himself he didn’t know whether or not he could motivate his team. In terms of communication, the last few weeks have been bad for him.
“What he did after the City game – not shaking Pep Guardiola’s hand – showed a lack of respect.
“So, I think he’s in big trouble mentally, and he’s in big trouble when it comes to showing his players he’s still the right man.
“I understand that a manager has to stick with his views and opinions, even sometimes against his own players’ thinking – because maybe he’s right – but I’m sure that Sarri is very nervous.
“His body language in a recent press conference showed this, as did what he did with Guardiola on Sunday.
“Things like this shouldn’t happen, and when they do you show everyone – fans, journalists, players – that you’re losing the plot.
“It reminds me a bit of the dark times under Jose Mourinho.”
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