Maurizio Sarri sent off at Stamford Bridge

Frustration reigns

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The ref sends Maurizio Sarri off at Stamford Bridge. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Tim Harrison
Tim Harrison

By Tim Harrison

Who’s the more frustrated at Stamford Bridge? The gaffer (sent down the tunnel on Monday) or the fans?

Answer? The fans. Their anger at ‘Sarriball’ – the metronomic stroking of a ball from side to side to hypnotise opponents – is becoming visceral.

Chelsea have a rare six-day preparation ahead of Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford in what may determine whether supporters watch Champions League or Europa League next year.

But if Easter Monday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley was a maddening way for the Blues to get ready, it’s nothing compared to United… a 4-0 hiding at Everton together with the stress of a midweek Manchester derby.

Both sides have to improve – particularly in defence. Chelsea looked clumsy against free kicks and corners in the Burnley game. The stats were clear: Clarets, two set-plays, two chances, two goals.

Strolling home across Eel Brook Common, the depth of fans’ fury at Morrie Sarri’s reign was clear. They want him out; they’re as fed up and frustrated as he appears to be.

A freak injury to the promising Callum Hudson-Odoi – a ruptured Achilles just before half-time – compounds the end-of-term mood of agitation, and means the teenager misses the remainder of the season, and England’s next clash.

Chelsea’s sole route to goal these days seems to be through Eden Hazard. As he prepares to leave the club, a major rethink is clearly needed.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not necessarily those of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

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