It’s hard to describe last night without going off on one!
I’ve purposely restrained from putting pen-to-paper all day, wanting to wait for that anger to subside, the anger at seeing our defence of the FA Cup ended in such a disappointing manner.
For all our huff and puff and our intricate sideways and backwards passing game, did we ever look like scoring?
Plain and simple, no!
Sergio Romero, in the Manchester United goal, could have brought a book with him to read, such was our inability to create that plethora of chances a home team should be doing.
The ‘nil’ against our name is becoming a familiar sight, Arsenal, Bournemouth, Manchester City and Manchester United, four recent instances that spring to mind.
But it’s not just about not scoring, it’s Sarri’s inability to spot the obvious and his stubborn streak when it comes to change.
Last night, with Chelsea trailing 2-0, it was crying out for a bit of inventiveness from the bench, instead, we got the same old changes, like for likes which did nothing to even cause Manchester United to break out into a sweat.
Why couldn’t Sarri be brave?
At 2-0 down it was time to go for broke, so why not switch to a back-three and introduce Callum Hudson-Odoi alongside Higuain, Hazard and Pedro or Willian.
Okay, it might have back-fired and we could have conceded more, but at least it would have smacked of a plan B!
Now, with our defence of the only trophy we won last season over, we head off to Wembley, another chance to mix it with the team that thrashed us 6-0, recently.
Of course, the Chelsea faithful will hope that the club can spring a shock, it’s that unpredictability that has always made us a side never to write off.
But can you really see it happening?
I can’t, but I can see us being on the end of another beating, no doubt we’ll concede that early goal, we’ll be on the back-foot, heads will drop and Sarri will make those same old, tired changes, it is just the way he is, he’s set in his ways and sees change as a sign of failure.
Speculation being bandied about, as reported by the BBC, infers that Sarri won’t be axed before Sunday and he’ll still be in charge when we play Malmo on Thursday evening.
Perhaps only then the axe, if results are still dire and ‘Sarri-ball’ gets the abuse it got from the Stamford Bridge faithful last night, will fall.
Personally, I’d wield that axe tonight, send Sarri packing and let Zola take the reigns for the remainder of the season, I’m sure our Sardinian magician couldn’t do any worse.
Now that rant has made me feel a little better, but only a little.
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