Robert Pires names top candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea FC
Robert Pires believes that Maurizio Sarri could be replaced by Zinedine Zidane this summer at Chelsea FC
Robert Pires is tipping Chelsea FC to part company with Maurizio Sarri before the start of next season – and he says Zinedine Zidane would be a great appointment for the Blues.
Sarri has found himself under pressure in recent weeks due to Chelsea FC’s stuttering form in all competitions.
The Blues were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City in the Premier League before losing the League Cup final to Pep Guardiola’s men last month.
Chelsea FC also lost to Arsenal in the Premier League and suffered a 2-0 defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge in February.
The west London side are off the pace in the race for a top-four finish this season, with Sarri’s men currently sixth in the table, although they do have a game in hand on the teams above them.
Arsenal legend Pires has admitted that he cannot see Sarri staying on as Chelsea FC manager into next season, and believes that former Real Madrid boss would be a good candidate to replace him.
Speaking in an interview with bwin, Pires said: “It’s a very strange situation with Chelsea and how they treat their managers.
“Sarri is a very good manager and he performed very well with Napoli, but it’s hard to see him at the club next season. There appears to be a lot of player power at Chelsea that he is struggling to overcome like many have before him.”
He continued: “I think Zidane would be a very good appointment at Chelsea. He would demand respect from the Chelsea players and control the dressing room as a result of everything he has achieved both on the pitch as a player and on the bench as a manager.
“He’s a winner and a warrior. He’s had great success in the Champions League which is attractive to the Chelsea owner. It would be very good news for the Premier League if Zidane moved to England.”
Chelsea FC have recorded back to back wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in the Premier League to get their top-four bid back on track.
The Blues will return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they host Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the competition at Stamford Bridge.