Maurizio Sarri may have weathered the most tenacious of storms, for now, but his long-term future at Chelsea remains up in the air.
Since THAT incident in the League Cup Final, Sarri has overseen back-to-back league triumphs; a 2-0 win over rivals Spurs, then 2-1 victory over Fulham, while his troops tackle Dynamo Kiev at the Bridge tonight.
However, if the Italian is after an escape route back to his homeland then an opportunity could soon arise at Roma whose manager Eusebio Di Francesco is under immense pressure after his side were booted out of the Champions League by Porto last night.
The coach opted not to speak to the media in the aftermath of Roma’s European exit, with Sky Sport Italia stating that the club will today make a decision on whether he will be axed.
Blues boss Sarri is believed to be one of the club’s ‘top choices’ to take over should Di Francesco be sent to the guillotine, as reported by the Daily Mail.
A move right now appears out of the question, but a summer switch could be a possibility, especially if Chelsea end the campaign empty-handed and out of the top-four.
Innovator Sarri transformed Napoli into one of the most attractive teams in Europe, and while he didn’t win any silverware, his ‘Sarri-ball’ style was a delight to watch, with Pep Guardiola a huge fan.
“For somebody like me, who loves watching games at home on the sofa, Napoli are spectacular and his brand of football is a joy to watch,” gushed the Man City boss last season.
“Often a coach is judged on wins, but you’ve also got to look at the shape as well as the substance – Sarri had Empoli and Napoli playing great football, and he did a fantastic job.”
Sarri’s philosophy may not have worked at Chelsea, so far, but that doesn’t mean it won’t succeed and he’ll be determined to end the campaign with the first trophy of his managerial career: Europa League.