Chelsea’s game against Cardiff City may have ended in a win for the Blues, but it was far from a walk in the park for Maurizio Sarri. The Italian’s team struggled throughout the game, and only in the last 10 minutes did they actually look like a side capable of beating Neil Warnock’s men.
There’s a lot of pressure on the manager at present, with his performances as boss simply not up to par for much of the campaign thus far. Now, though, unfortunately for him, people are taking issue with things outside of his day-to-day management.
Indeed, TalkSport pundit Tony Cascarino has been responding to Sarri’s claim that he watched “only 20 minutes” of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s games for England during the international break – with Cascarino slamming him as unprofessional.
As per TalkSport, he said: “I don’t get it, you should be watching over all your players when they’re away on international duty! It’s unprofessional. You’re not doing your job if you’re not watching your players.”
He later added: “This is a young lad of 18 who had been sent away on international duty and given an opportunity to make his debut and you’re not watching to see how he got on? If you’re saying something like that, that’s being unprofessional in your job as a manager.”
Now, it must be said that Sarri clearly had a lot of work to do during the international break. The manager still had to conduct training for those not away from the club, whilst planning and preparation will have taken up the bulk of his time. However, part of his job, undeniably, will have been to keep up with the players that were turning out for their countries.
Particularly in the case of Hudson-Odoi, who hasn’t had enough chances to prove his worth in a Chelsea shirt from the start, you’d think that Sarri would want to see how he got on. But evidently, he didn’t get the chance to sit there for 90 minutes and see him in action.
It’s no wonder, then, that he didn’t start for the Blues against Cardiff. If Sarri had been watching, he would have seen that the player was simply brilliant for his country – and he certainly showed more than both Willian and Pedro have done in recent weeks.
Sarri has struggled tactically for Chelsea in recent weeks, and comments like this will only make frustration increase.
Chelsea fans – what do you think? Is Sarri wrong? Let us know below!
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