Emmanuel Petit warns Chelsea FC about ‘dark times’ under Maurizio Sarri

The Chelsea FC legend is worried about "dark times" under Maurizio Sarri after Sunday's 6-0 loss to Manchester City

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Emmanuel Petit says Maurizio Sarri’s reign is starting to remind the Chelsea FC legend of their “dark times” under Jose Mourinho.

The Blues suffered a resounding 6-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.

Chelsea FC were thoroughly outplayed and lacked fighting spirit as the Citizens scored four times in the opening 25 minutes.

Sarri’s side have conceded 10 times in their last two games in the Premier League on the road to raise questions about their defending.

The west London side have lost six of their last 14 outings in the English top flight to highlight their inconsistent form over the past two and a half months.

Mourinho endured a difficult start to the 2015-16 season before the Portuguese coach paid the price for some embarrassing losses when he was sacked in December 2015.

Former Chelsea FC midfielder Petit likened the Stamford Bridge outfit’s current form to their performances under Mourinho towards the end of his second spell in charge.

“I understand that a manager has to stick with his views and opinions, even sometimes against his own players’ thinking – because maybe he’s right – but I’m sure that Sarri is very nervous,” Petit told Paddy Power.

“His body language in a recent press conference showed this, as did what he did with Guardiola on Sunday.

“Things like this shouldn’t happen, and when they do you show everyone – fans, journalists, players – that you’re losing the plot.

“It reminds me a bit of the dark times under Jose Mourinho.”

Chelsea FC will take on Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 clash on Thursday night.

The Blues will host bitter rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Sarri took over the reins from his compatriot Antonio Conte in the summer.

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