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Pundit View: Savage absolutely nails Sarri’s Chelsea predicament

Robbie Savage has questioned the double standards around Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri, and the controversial Welshman is absolutely spot on.

Chelsea boss Sarri could reportedly be sacked and replaced by Frank Lampard this summer.

The former Napoli boss, who has never won a trophy in his managerial career, has guided the Blues to a top-four finish and Europa League final.

Meanwhile, Emery finished outside the coveted Champions League places with Arsenal while also reaching the final, yet is seemingly in the clear to go about building his plans for next season.

Savage has had enough.

What has he said?

“Double standards never look pretty, and I can’t understand why Maurizio Sarri is allegedly fighting to save his job but Unai Emery is safe,” the BT Sport pundit wrote in The Mirror.

“Both have done well, improved their clubs’ fortunes this season and neither should be in danger.

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“Sarri has guided Chelsea to two cup finals and back into the Champions League mainstream by finishing third, in his first season at Stamford Bridge. But if you listen to all the speculation, which I find disrespectful, he is likely to be gone after Wednesday’s Europa League Final against Arsenal in faraway Baku.

“Emery, meanwhile, does not appear to be at any risk — even though his Gunners must win that game in Azerbaijan to get back in the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League.”


Savage rubs a lot of people the wrong way, and you’d be hard pushed to find a football fan who doesn’t have him on their list of least favourite pundits, but he has absolutely nailed it here.

Both Sarri and Emery should be safe in their jobs for now, as both have done pretty much what was expected of them – make a good run at the top four and do well in the Europa League.

In fact, one could argue that Emery actually has the better squad at his disposal, as there aren’t many managers that arrive to a new job with two world-class centre forwards ready to go.

Outside of Eden Hazard, Sarri has very little attacking quality on offer to him, and yet has achieved all of the club’s goals this season, and let’s not forget he was a penalty shoot-out away from already having one trophy under his belt.

So while Savage seems to provoke controversy with every comment he makes, his verdict on London’s two biggest clubs should not be ignored – Sarri must be given more time and respect.

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