Maurizio Sarri lamented the fact that “lucky” Pep Guardiola was given time at Manchester City, while he must deliver straight away at Chelsea.
The Italian coach’s debut campaign at Stamford Bridge has not gone to plan at all on the back of three defeats and 12 goals conceded in their last six matches, which has seen Chelsea drop down to sixth in the Premier League table.
Therefore, speculation over Sarri’s future has been growing stronger as each Chelsea game goes by, despite the 60-year-old’s insistence that he sees himself in London for a “long time” yet.
Now Sarri will head over to Wembley on Sunday for the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in a game which could very well determine his Chelsea future.
“He (Guardiola) was lucky,” said Sarri, according to Sky Sports.
“I think that, if you choose Guardiola, you have to wait because the club knows very well that Guardiola needs time.
“In my job, I need the result. Nothing else.”
The Blues are widely considered the underdogs for the final given their humiliating 6-0 defeat to City on February 10 in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, the former Napoli manager’s decision to move N’Golo Kante into a more advanced midfield role in order for Jorginho to take up the Frenchman’s prefered position has been criticised frequently.
The Italian playmaker’s performances of late have come under increased scrutiny and he was booed by Chelsea’s own supporters as he came on as a substitute in their Europa League win over Malmo FF on Thursday.
But Sarri has no plans on moving Kante back into the role that Jorginho now accommodates.
“I’m enjoying participating more in the offensive positions,” he added.
The Carabao Cup final between City and Chelsea will begin at 5:30 PM (CET) on Sunday at Wembley.