Maurizio Sarri at Cardiff City Stadium

Sarriball’s as bad as Brexit



Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea, during the Premier League match at Cardiff City Stadium. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Tim Harrison
Tim Harrison

By Tim Harrison

The tide is turning against Morrie Sarri after a lull in hostilities occasioned by a couple of just-good-enough results and the international break.

Blues fans who trekked to Cardiff last weekend for a flukey (but we’ll take it) 2-1 win made their feelings clear in chanting that would make a navvy blush.

The gist? Sarriball is about as entertaining as Brexit, and everyone’s getting fed up of giving up 90 minutes each weekend to watch interminable passing; the footballing equivalent of indicative votes.

Yet Chelsea are still in with a shout of a Champions League placing as, as they prepare for two evening home games in a row: against Brighton and West Ham.

Although the manager knows he’s now as welcome in SW6 as a whoopee cushion at a funeral, the Blues have actually had a solid season in terms of results, with European excitement still bubbling.

If you pin fans down to a single gripe, it’s this. In Callum Hudson-Odoi we have a teenager who is brimming with confidence, loved by supporters and admired around the world after an impressive England debut.

But persuading Sarri to break free from his cycle of tedious predictability (it feels like there’s a mathematical formula for the next team selection) and give him some regular starts seems too much for anyone to do.

Losing Sarri in the summer is now inevitable. Losing Hudson-Odoi too is unthinkable.

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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