Shock stats reveal Chelsea are WORSE than last season under Conte – should Maurizio Sarri be looking over his shoulder?

Shock stats reveal Chelsea are WORSE than last season under Conte – should Maurizio Sarri be looking over his shoulder?

December 7, 2018 0 By Today news

MAURIZIO SARRI’S start to the season is following the same pattern as at least FIVE Chelsea managers who lost their jobs, including Antonio Conte.

After 15 games the cigarette-smoking Italian has scooped up 31 points in the Premier League — but history shows that total may not be enough for demanding owner Roman Abramovich.

Luis Felipe Scolari had 33 points after 15 Premier League games
Luis Felipe Scolari had 33 points after 15 Premier League games
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Avram Grant scored 31 points after taking the reins from Jose Mourinho after six Premier League games
Avram Grant scored 31 points after taking the reins from Jose Mourinho after six Premier League games
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Under the Russian Oligarch’s ownership, four previous Chelsea managers have lost their jobs before the start of the next season.

Claudio Ranieri was sacked at the end of the 2003-04 season after finishing second, and had 36 points at the end of 15 games.

In 2007-08, Jose Mourinho was axed after six Premier League games and Avram Grant took over, steering them to 31 points after 15 Prem matches.

Grant would go on to finish second in the top flight that season, coming within one game of beating Manchester United to the title, before losing the Champions League final on penalties to Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.


Should Sarri be thinking about looking over his shoulder with owner Roman Abramovich happy to wield the axe
Should Sarri be thinking about looking over his shoulder with owner Roman Abramovich happy to wield the axe
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Claudio Ranieri was sacked in 2004 when Chelsea had Jose Mourinho lined up as a replacement
Claudio Ranieri was sacked in 2004 when Chelsea had Jose Mourinho lined up as a replacement
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Andre Villas-Boas has a chat to Romelu Lukaku during the striker's days at Stamford Bridge
Andre Villas-Boas has a chat to Romelu Lukaku during the striker’s days at Stamford Bridge
Antonio Conte's Premier League title win in 2017 did not stop him getting sacked over the summer
Antonio Conte’s Premier League title win in 2017 did not stop him getting sacked over the summer
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The following season heralded a new dawn under Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008-09, who had the Blues scoring goals and flying high in the autumn.

After starting the season top dogs, they slipped to second on game 15, but by game 25 they were fourth and Scolari was sacked.

After Carlo Ancelotti’s successful double triumph and then second-place finish, Andre Villas-Boas came in.

The Portuguese clocked 31 points from 15 games (sound familiar?) and was then sacked after 27 games with the club fifth.

Dennis Wise slams Ruben Loftus-Cheek for engineering move away from Chelsea

By Rob Maul

UNSETTLED Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been urged to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place – rather than seek a loan move away in January.

Dennis Wise, a Stamford Bridge season-ticket holder, has been impressed with the emergence of the 22-year-old over the past year, especially during England’s World Cup campaign.

Loftus-Cheek’s Prem opportunities under new boss Maurizio Sarri have been limited – his goal against Wolves midweek came on his first league start of the season.

There have been suggestions the 6ft 4ins combative midfielder would benefit from another loan spell just like he did last season at relegated-threatened Crystal Palace.

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They would go on to finish sixth that season, but qualify through Roberto Di Matteo’s incredible Champions League triumph.

And after 2016-17, after tweaking the tactics to a 3-4-3 and powering to a superb Premier League title win, Antonio Conte was sacked after the end of the season, winning the FA Cup, to be replaced by Sarri.

His 32 points at this stage last season was more than the current Blues boss now.

Could the writing be on the wall, or will the West London club power on to finish closer to Manchester City and Liverpool at the top?