Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he would welcome a call from club owner Roman Abramovich following their humiliating 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday because the Russian does not speak to him.
Sarri's side were outclassed from the start at the Etihad Stadium, and they've now lost four times in 2019 in all competitions, which also included a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
Per the Daily Mail's Jack Gaughan, the Italian said: "If the president calls, I'll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. To be honest, I don't know what to expect. I didn't see my football. At the beginning of the season it worked. Now we need to understand the reasons why it isn't working. It is not easy."
"You have to ask the club [about my future]," he added. "I'm worried about my team. I'm worried about the performance. My job is always at risk."
City were 4-0 up inside 25 minutes on Sunday, and it could have been 5-0 had Sergio Aguero not missed a gilt-edged chance from close range.
After Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the fourth minute, the Argentinian made amends for his mistake with a stunning effort from 25 yards, and he made it 3-0 when he pounced on a miscued defensive header from Ross Barkley.
Ilkay Gundogan's low shot beat Kepa Arrizabalaga soon after. Pedro and Gonzalo Higuain threatened as Chelsea offered a little resilience in what remained of the first half, but after the break, Aguero sealed his hat-trick from the penalty spot and Sterling added another late on.
Per Goal's Sam Lee, City boss Pep Guardiola defended his counterpart after the match and urged the Blues to give him more time:
The Mirror's John Cross believes Sarri's comments after the match were unwise, but he too feels it would be a mistake to pull the trigger:
ESPN FC's Liam Twomey gave his take on the situation:
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I still think this applies. We’ll never find out if Sarri could make this work without a full summer/preseason. The question is, and has always been, whether Abramovich can stomach the short-term pain of a squad & coach that don’t fit one another #cfc https://t.co/ojIh2GaKe5
Abramovich has rarely shown much patience with his managers during his time with Chelsea, so it would come as little surprise if he did part ways with Sarri given recent results.
Implementing a style of play like Sarri's—which can be devastatingly effective but requires intricacy, flexibility and intelligence on the players' part—is a lengthy process.
That is particularly the case when he has had little chance to recruit outfield personnel who suit the system, aside from Jorginho and January loan acquisition Higuain.
If Abramovich commits to backing Sarri with time and the right signings, it could yield plenty of rewards for the Blues, as his Napoli side were one of the most exciting teams in Europe.
There could be more rocky moments ahead in the meantime, though, and they'll likely test the owner's limited patience.