Petit compares Sarri with Mourinho

The former French footballer believes Maurizio Sarri and Jose Mourinho’s dark times are alike.

According to former Arsenal footballer Emmanuel Petit, Chelsea is returning to “the dark times” of Jose Mourinho as Maurizio Sarri tries to save his job.

Manchester City thrashed the Blues on Sunday at Etihad Stadium, by scoring six goals and not letting the visitors score any.

Petit also played in Chelsea, from 2001 to 2004, and he worries about the team.

“What I saw on Sunday against Manchester City said it all: poor performances individually and collectively; no rage on the pitch; the body language,” Petit was quoted by The Mirror.

“Sarri said himself he didn’t know whether or not he could motivate his team. In terms of communication, the last few weeks have been bad for him.”

“What he did after the City game – not shaking Pep Guardiola’s hand – showed a lack of respect,” he added.

“So, I think he’s in big trouble mentally, and he’s in big trouble when it comes to showing his players he’s still the right man.”

“When Roman Abramovich feels the pressure like this, he doesn’t dwell on feelings, he just cuts down the tree,” he said.

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“He did it with Jose Mourinho and he did it with Antonio Conte after winning the Premier League, so he will have no emotion about doing the same with Sarri.”

“If the next result is a bad result, that could be the last game for him,” he explained.

“I understand that a manager has to stick with his views and opinions, even sometimes against his own players’ thinking – because maybe he’s right – but I’m sure that Sarri is very nervous.”

“His body language in a recent press conference showed this, as did what he did with Guardiola on Sunday,” he continued.

“Things like this shouldn’t happen, and when they do you show everyone – fans, journalists, players – that you’re losing the plot.”

“It reminds me a bit of the dark times under Jose Mourinho,” Petit concluded.

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