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4 Issues behind Chelsea's struggles this season

David Kinyua
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Mauricio Sarri
Mauricio Sarri

The 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the weekend was a big blow for Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea players were simply outshined at the Emirates, losing such an important match at this stage of the season can be a big demotivator. If Chelsea had won at the Emirates, they could be now seven points clear of Arsenal, momentarily cementing their place for a top-four finish.

This defeat leaves the door open in the race for a top-four finish wide open- something that should worry Chelsea fans out there. With Manchester United and Arsenal breathing down Chelsea’s neck, these are worrying times for Maurizio Sarri’s men.

After the match, the new Chelsea manager was seen throwing tantrums at his own players in a press conference, something that could turn against him in the dressing room. These Chelsea players are fond of turning against their own managers, and Sarri is not in any way an exception. In fact, if the Italian continues attacking his own players the same way he did on Saturday, then this could turn out ugly. This is a huge gamble.

On a positive note, Chelsea dominated proceedings against Arsenal. In fact, the stats did favor them, but the end result wasn't in their favour. On a lighter note, Sarri-ball is starting to gather pace. Unfortunately, results are not going to plan. Hopefully with time, maybe this system will start to take its full effect.

On the other hand, sixth placed Manchester United has been in good form lately under new interim manager Solskjaer. Chelsea's hopes for a top-four finish look slim, if you consider the way Manchester United's form at the moment. A loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford later in the season, may see Chelsea drop down to sixth place in the Premier League standings - something Maurizio Sarri is hoping to avoid at all costs.

Now let us take a look at some of the problems behind Chelsea’s struggles this season.

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