Barely over halfway through the season and it looks like the Blues are going to sack Maurizio Sarri. His stringent philosophy of football has been exposed time and time again by various opposition. Without developing a Plan B Sarri will inevitably face the ax and with it, he becomes the fifth manager to be sacked by Chelsea in the last four seasons.
So, how poor have the performances been under the former Napoli manager? Here are five stats to prove you just that.
Despite having the second most shots per game in the league with 15.6, the Blues have scored the least amount of goals out of the big six scoring only 45. That's seven behind the second lowest being Manchester United. And Manchester City blows Chelsea out of the water with 74 goals scored. 64% more than what the Blues currently have.
Chelsea's lackluster scoring margins this season have been majorly blamed on Sarri for his lethargic style of buildup and an inability to penetrate teams which play in a low block.
This has resulted in Chelsea failing to score in seven out of their twenty-six matches. A whopping 26.9%! That's more than one out of every four matches! All other members of the big six have failed to score in the league only twice (Liverpool being the only exception as they failed to score only once).
Chelsea's form is almost as inconsistent as Alexis Sanchez's performances for Man United. The Blues have lost three out of their last five matches being outscored 12-0 in the process.
These results have turned Chelsea into the laughing stock of the Premier League. The players fail to show motivation and a desire to become victorious week in and out. These results not only will affect the manager and his belief in the team but the players' belief in Sarri.
A summation of Chelsea's last five matches against the big six. Chelsea has failed to win three of those matches being outscored 11-2. The Blues only scored in one match which was their only win out of these matches.
Bigger clubs know Sarri's tactics in and out at this point. Most managers have used a 4-4-2 diamond in order to suffocate Chelsea's midfield and provide swift yet demolishing counter attacks.
This set up leaves the Italian fully exposed and if he does not come up with a way to counter it, Maurizio might well be on his way out.
Okay, let's get this straight. N'Golo Kante. The man mountain whose best position is being the anchorman in front of the defense is Chelsea's THIRD most creative player. That's right- THIRD.
Tied with WILLIAN and BARKLEY for goal contributions, Kante has three goals and four assists. Yes, there are positives of Kante's pseudo mezzala box-to-box role, but the fact that he plays a marquee role in Chelsea's creative lineup shows how limited the Blues are in creating chances.
Given that this team has the likes of Pedro, Willian, Giroud, and young prospects like Callum Hudson Odoi, the turnout from this team in terms of product is sheer dissapointment.