Maurizio Sarri is biggest market mover in sack race after lashing out at Chelsea players

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 January 2019, 09:26

Maurizio Sarri has hurled his Chelsea players into the deep end after criticising their lacklustre performance in the 2-0 defeat to rivals Arsenal.

The Blues boss didn’t hold back in the aftermath of the loss, lambasting his troops, who no longer look comfortable in fourth place.

"I have to say, I'm extremely angry. Very angry indeed," said Sarri.

"This defeat was due to our mentality, more than anything else. This is something I can't accept.

"This group of players are extremely difficult to motivate."

It may only have been Chelsea’s first Premier League defeat this side of Christmas, but it meant Arsenal - and Man Utd - closed the gap to just three points.

Sarri, a 50/1 shot in the Premier League Sack Race before the weekend, has now been cut to the 10/1 second favourite to become the fifth top-flight managerial casualty of the campaign - Leicester City’s Claude Puel remains the odds-on favourite for the sack.

Chelsea’s lack of ammunition in attack has become a matter of major concern. The capital club have only scored 13 goals in their last 13 league games; failing to find the back of the net in three of their last six outings.

Gonzalo Higuain is expected to join on loan before the January transfer window slams shut, and should a deal be completed, the Argentine will have to adapt to life in England quickly.

Chelsea will now be looking for respite in the cup competitions, as they look to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Spurs in the second-leg of their League Cup semi-final tie, before hosting Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

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