Chelsea reportedly identify club legend Gianfranco Zola as Sarri's replacement

Chelsea reportedly identify club legend Gianfranco Zola as Sarri's replacement

- Chelsea are reportedly ready to part ways with Maurizio Sarri after poor string of results

- Reports claim the west London club are considering to hire Gianfranco Zola on interim basis

- Chelsea were completely humiliated at the Etihad following their 6-0 defeat to Man City

Chelsea are reportedly making a move to replace Maurizio Sarri as club legend Gianfranco Zola has been tipped to take over from his fellow Italian as caretaker manager.

It is understood that the Blues want Sarri's assistant, Zola to handle the club as caretaker for the rest of the season if they decide to axe him.

And according to Sport Mediaset, the former Napoli boss Sarri is yet to find out if he will remain manager at the end of the season.

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Chelsea saw themselves humiliated 6-0 against Manchester City which made move to sixth on the log and their plans of returning to the Champions League now have a big question mark.

Reports claim Zola could bring stability into the team until the end of the season before a big name appointment is made.

The west London club have history when it comes to putting former players in charge in a caretaker capacity.

Roberto Di Matteo took over on an interim basis and famously guided them to their first Champions League title in 2012.

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Sarri replaced Antonio Conte last summer but the situation have become worse and the Blues are on the edge of not qualifying for any continental competition next season.

They are now 15 point adrift off leaders Manchester City and further slipped behind Manchester United and Arsenal who are in fourth and fifth position respectively.

“My job is always at risk,” he said on Sky Italia as his team fell to pieces against the champions.

"If the president [Roman Abramovich] calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him.

"To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.”

Sarri added: "I'm surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home so I don't know what has happened but at the moment we are in trouble.

"In the last three or four matches we were without a reaction from the first difficulty so we need to understand.

"It is difficult to describe our performance, it's difficult also to understand. We started well but after four minutes we conceded a goal in a stupid way."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported Antonio Rudiger walked up to where Chelsea supporters were seated and apologized for the dismal outing against Manchester City.

The Blues were taught a footballing lesson by the English champions who moved back to the top of the Premier League with a superior goal difference. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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