- Emmanuel Petit has revealed that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is feeling the pressure at Stamford Bridge
- Petit also spoke of the recent surprise away form of the west London outfit
- The Frenchman featured for 76 times for Chelsea during his active days
Emmanuel Petit believes Chelsea are heading back to "the dark times" of Jose Mourinho's second era at Stamford Bridge no thanks to the spate of poor away results under Maurizio Sarri.
According to The Mirror, Petit, who featured for 76 games for Chelsea between 2001 and 2004 insists Sarri is now in a mess as he is struggling to motivate his players.
At the last count, Chelsea have suffered three Premier League away defeats, that include a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth and a 6-0 bashing by Man City on Sunday at the Etihad.
"What I saw on Sunday against Manchester City said it all: poor performances individually and collectively; no rage on the pitch; the body language," Petit was quoted as saying by Paddy Power News.
"Sarri said himself he didn't know whether or not he could motivate his team. In terms of communication, the last few weeks have been bad for him.
"What he did after the City game - not shaking Pep Guardiola's hand - showed a lack of respect. So, I think he's in big trouble mentally, and he's in big trouble when it comes to showing his players he's still the right man."
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Petit also stressed dismissed Roman Abramovich’s ruthless approach will not likely well with Sarri.
"When Roman Abramovich feels the pressure like this, he doesn't dwell on feelings, he just cuts down the tree," he recalled.
"He did it with Jose Mourinho and he did it with Antonio Conte after winning the Premier League, so he will have no emotion about doing the same with Sarri.
"If the next result is a bad result, that could be the last game for him.”
Interestingly, Mourinho was sent packing back in December 2015, with Chelsea sitting just one point above the relegation zone despite winning the EPL the previous campaign.
“I understand that a manager has to stick with his views and opinions, even sometimes against his own players' thinking - because maybe he's right - but I'm sure that Sarri is very nervous," he noted.
"His body language in a recent press conference showed this, as did what he did with Guardiola on Sunday. Things like this shouldn't happen, and when they do you show everyone - fans, journalists, players - that you're losing the plot.
"It reminds me a bit of the dark times under Jose Mourinho,” added Petit while highlighting the similarities between the Portuguese and the Italian era at Stamford Bridge.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chelsea stars held an emergency meeting reviewing their performance that led to the 6-0 mauling by Manchester City.
The defeat was the first in the in history of the club in over 28 years as they also slipped sixth on the Premier League table.
Maurizio Sarri's men scored five goals and conceded twelve in their last four EPL matches having suffered 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their previous game.
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