Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

The ugly numbers as Chelsea capitulate to heaviest Premier League loss

The ugly numbers as Chelsea capitulate to heaviest Premier League loss

"Chelsea are certainly a club I respect and have a manager I respect".

Manchester City cut through them easily, Chelsea paralysed by shock, Raheem Sterling running past defenders like the game was being played at double speed.

A 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their last away game was Chelsea's heaviest league defeat since 1996.

It also saw him become City's leading scorer in league football with 160 goals, extending his overall tally for the club to 222 in the process.

Sunday's defeat left the Blues sixth in the table and in very real danger of missing out on Champions League football again.

The former Leicester midfielder has proven himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but under Sarri has been used in a more advanced role because Jorginho, who arrived from Napoli in the summer, is a key cog in the manager's fast-paced possession-based system, sometimes known as "Sarrismo". "You are asking me [about] something which is not my job".

An under-pressure Sarri must now rouse his players for Thursday's Europa League knockout tie with Malmo before facing Manchester United in the FA Cup next Monday. At the beginning [of the season] it worked.

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I had some time at Manchester City as well so I have some feelings for them. So now we need only to understand the reasons why at the moment it isn't working. "We did it, it's an incredible compliment to the players, they are outstanding", added the Spaniard.

"There are issues behind the scenes, a disconnect between first team and the fabulous academy, a lack of direction with no technical director and an owner looking to sell", wrote Henry Winter in The Times.

"Toni said, "I've come over to say sorry, stand in front of me if you've something to say!"

'If the president calls, I'll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him, ' he said.

City and Liverpool are both on 65 points with City having the better goal difference although they have played one more game than their rivals.

"But I don't know what to expect; people keep asking me what I think about the situation, but I think that's a question which needs to be put to the club".

"We had only to stay in the match but the reaction was not good".

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