Chelsea reportedly identify club legend Gianfranco Zola as Sarri's replacement

City quick freekick

Maurizio Sarri admitted his concern as Chelsea crashed to their heaviest defeat in nearly 28 years and gave an equivocal answer when asked about his future.

Except Sarri should have known exactly what to expect when he became Chelsea's 11 different manager, with two spells for Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink, in the 16 years since the Russian billionaire bought the club and changed the landscape of English football. I do my best and the players do their best.

Sarri has acknowledged that he is 'worried' about his future and according to Sport Mediaset, Chelsea are considering axing the 60-year-old and placing current assistant Zola in charge until the end of the campaign.

A win for City moves them back top of the Premier League table while the manner and margin of the defeat sees Chelsea lose ground in the race for the top four.

And Harris believes Sarri will be fired if he can't motivate his side to respond over the next four weeks.

The meeting of the last two champions was a complete mismatch as Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for the second successive weekend.

The Russian has been absent from games this season, and Sarri revealed after the chastening defeat to City that he "never" speaks to his boss.

Maurizio Sarri's reputation took another damaging blow less than two weeks on from the awful 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth with the Italian's team ruthlessly sliced apart at the Etihad Stadium.

N'Golo Kante is simply irreplaceable.

"There still seems no logical reason why Jorginho is favoured as Chelsea's midfield anchor ahead of N'Golo Kante, arguably the best in the world in his position", wrote Phil McNulty of BBC Sports.

The lifecycle of a Chelsea manager is notoriously short, and as a former banker, Sarri will know the odds do not look good.

Chelsea subsequently halted their plans for a $1 billion stadium development, with speculation that Abramovich could be willing to call time on his tenure as club owner, should the price be right.

"There is no continuity of philosophy, no manager given time to build for the long term, meaning the accumulation of an imbalanced squad".

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