Chelsea poised to stick with Sarri

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"Chelsea are certainly a club I respect and have a manager I respect".

The Blues were thumped 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday, with a third successive Premier League loss on the road seeing them slip down to sixth in the table.

He made an encouraging start to his tenure as Chelsea were unbeaten after their first 12 Premier League matches under him this season, but they have faded out of title contention and now face a battle to finish in the top four. But now there are three teams vying for that final Champions League spot, not two like was expected in December.

When Maurizio Sarri took over this Chelsea team he converted Kante from a classic defensive midfield role, to a more versatile box-to-box player. "I am worried about my team, I am worried about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not worried about the club - you have to ask the club". At the beginning (of the season) it worked.

Christian Eriksen created the opener before scoring himself as Tottenham beat Leicester 3-1 on Sunday (Monday NZ time), putting the north London club five points behind front-runners Manchester City and Liverpool. Now we need to understand the reasons why it isn't working.

Chelsea travel to Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday as they look to get back to winning ways. We have not seen Kante play in this position under Sarri, and people seem to forget that Jorginho was pulling all of the strings in the early season success. Their lead is a slender one, and they have played a game more, but the manner of their latest victory, which improved their goal difference advantage over the Reds to 10, was a powerful message.

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"Toni said, "I've come over to say sorry, stand in front of me if you've something to say!"

Insisting he was happy for Vardy to take the penalty, Puel said: "I gave him the opportunity.

To be honest, I don't know what to expect".

However, Clement admitted the players must go out and perform better irrespective of their confidence levels or playing style and stressed that something is wrong behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.

"We had only to stay in the match but the reaction was not good".

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