Maurizio Sarri: I'm 'always at risk' of being sacked by Chelsea

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Abramovich has become something of an absentee owner at Stamford Bridge in recent months, partly due to an inability to renew his United Kingdom visa, and any loss of interest in events on the pitch might be enough to keep Sarri in a job. After the game ended, Sarri even admitted that he has no idea whether his future is on the line. "You have to ask the club". "I am worried about my team, I am worried about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not worried about the club - you have to ask the club".

The City manager stopped short of comparing his current team with his Barcelona side that won six trophies in his first season in charge, but he offered an interesting insight into the mindset of the club's players and staff.

Asked if this defeat made him fear that his style of football can not work at Chelsea, Sarri replied: "No, because today I didn't see my football". At the beginning (of the season) it worked.

It was a stunned Sky Sports studio that had to provide the autopsy on Maurizio Sarri's sorry side who had capitulated so easily in the first half in east Manchester, with Jamie Carragher humorously stepping up the task with eloquence, managing to not only insult Chelsea, but also their London neighbours Arsenal.

"I don't know [about my future]", he added.

"But, despite the titles, the desire to do their best and where they are is incredible".

What Barkley was thinking when he headed the ball back towards his own goal from 20 yards out is hard to understand. "People expect with a new manager and buying players it comes immediately, but it needs time".

"I don't see any indication from the manager that he is looking to do anything else". "That's why I am so happy at this club".

Nothing like making the Manchester City striker equalling Alan Shearer's record 11 Premier League hat-tricks all about yourself, Mike.

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Sarri, though, did not think they were struggling for motivation this time. "I have no idea about this at the moment". We need to understand why at the moment it isn't working.

"We need to understand".

Asked if the thrashing showed his style of play simply will not work in England, he said: "No, because today I didn't see my football".

"After Newcastle we spoke to each other and put ourselves in front of a mirror, and accepted the reality", Guardiola said. "Now we can have two days off and prepare for Newport and the (Carabao Cup) final".

Winning that trophy alone will not be enough to keep him in a job, however.

Sarri's men drop to sixth as a result of the heavy loss, one point adrift of the top four.

But after Sunday's humiliation at the Etihad, United are in fourth place, one point ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea. Barça's forward has 21 before Sunday's game against Athletic Club. Instead, the day was about reclaiming top spot from Liverpool, and they did so in comprehensive fashion.

There appeared to be nerves creeping into rivals Liverpool's game following back-to-back draws prior to Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

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