Maurizio Sarri must make changes at Chelsea, urges ex-winger

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 1:57pm

By James Gray @jamestingray

Chelsea need their manager to come with a plan B or a plan C if they are to turn their form around and qualify for next year's Champions League, according to Clive Walker.

The Blues were humiliated on Sunday as they lost 6-0 to champions Manchester City at the Etihad, taking their record in their last three away games to played three, lost three with 12 goals conceded and none scored.

In that time they have welcomed ex-Napoli, Juventus and AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain in to the fold, purportedly to help implement Sarri's unusual style in the team; the Argentine broke the Serie A goal-scoring record under his tutelage in Naples.

But Walker reckons Sarri needs to show that he can adapt his style to the Premier League or face the consequences of Roman Abramovich's twitchy trigger finger.

"I feel that he has had six months now. And I’m not asking for Sarriball to change but there could be an adaptation to his tactics that would be the next step on. We are at that point now where that next step needs to come in," Walker told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

"Whatever Maurizio Sarri feels is the best way to do that, we will all go along with, but there seems to be a sense that the way they’re playing has been cottoned on by the other teams.

"They know it, and understand it, and that’s why it has become difficult for us to play that way. Of course they’re finding out our weaknesses as well. We have an issue to resolve.

"But it’s not all doom and gloom. Sixth in the table is not good at this moment in time, but there’s still plenty of games to go, and we’re still in three cup competitions as well.

"We may be playing Man City in the final of the Carabao Cup and Man Utd on Monday, which are big, big games coming up, but the Europa League is something that Chelsea certainly can win."

Chelsea have travelled to southern Sweden for the first leg of the last 32 of the Europa League.

They will take on Malmo tonight (8pm kick-off) and Walker is expecting to see some of the biggest stars involved including Eden Hazard, who only started one of the group games before Christmas.

"I think they’re still recovering from last weekend’s result. Perhaps we all are," Walker added.

"I’m not too sure they need to make a statement; the season has been full of ups and downs and the lowest of those was that 6-0 thrashing because that was embarrassing.

"Having said that, they are playing against Malmo, who are a totally different side to Manchester City, and you’d like to think over two legs its about getting through to the next round.

"I think it is more than likely he’ll play a strong side. Maybe one or two of the players have points to prove after last weekend."

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