Sarri hands Chelsea board ultimatum over playing squad

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne

The extent of that defeat led to talk about Maurizio Sarri's future at Stamford Bridge but, while Sky Sports News has been told several players have issues with the Italian's tactical approach, the majority still have faith in him and his methods.

Chelsea have a temporary reprieve from the Premier League in that period, due to the quirk of the League Cup final against City falling on a weekend of league fixtures.

For Sarri, it was the heaviest defeat of his coaching career and raised questions over his future.

"It's certainly a club I respect and a manager that I respect so it wouldn't make me smile or anything different because my job is here", the former England worldwide told British media.

With Liverpool and Manchester City battling for the Premier League title, players from both clubs would likely dominate the end-of-season prizes yet Le Tissier reckons Hazard should be one of the top contenders for the Player of the Season Award in the Premier League.

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"It's not nice and it doesn't happen to Chelsea much, so when it does it's a shock", he added. But let's not forget they were up against a great Manchester City team - and I also had some good times there as a player.

"My job is here and I'm working very hard".

"All my thoughts are on Ipswich Town away on Wednesday - I hope to see Chelsea put some form together and turn their results around".

They also remain in the FA Cup, facing Manchester United in the fifth round next Monday and are in the knockout stages of the Europa League, and sources at the club have indicated that they will be sticking with him.

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