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

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

"All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable".

The defeat was Chelsea's worst since their 7-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in 1991 and will raise serious questions about the direction the team is going in under Italian Sarri as they slipped to sixth place on 50 points, a point off the top four.

Maurizio Sarri's reputation took another damaging blow less than two weeks on from the awful 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth with the Italian's team ruthlessly sliced apart at the Etihad Stadium.

'You have to ask the club, ' Sarri said amid growing calls for his removal after a fourth defeat in eight games. It is not nice, and it doesn't happen to Chelsea much so when it does, it is a shock.

"Chelsea are certainly a club I respect and have a manager I respect". You have to ask the club.

"And what I do know for sure is the club will not accept that, the owner will not accept that and history shows that when the team is not playing at the level that is required and expected for a club like that, what they have achieved over the years, they do take measures". They have consistently put out experienced sides in the Europa League this season, albeit often using senior players otherwise on the fringes, and that is unlikely to change this week given the importance now heaped on progress in the competition. "This is what I want".

"I think this is a moment for everybody to assume responsibilities".

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Defender Azpilicueta, who was given a torrid time by two-goal City winger Raheem Sterling, said on the club's website, chelseafc.com: "It's hard to find the words to describe my feeling after the game".

"In the last three matches away we've played very badly so we need to say sorry", he said.

Such was the defensive collapse at the other end, Gonzalo Higuain had little chance to shine but the Argentine striker was unfortunate not to score his third goal in as many league starts for Chelsea when Ederson turned over his dipping volley five minutes before the break.

It is understood Sarri is also facing further scrutiny over his handling of youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Aguero said: "We had a good game".

Kieran Trippier's corner was played short to Eriksen, who floated in an inviting cross for Davison Sanchez to power home a diving head for his first Tottenham goal in the 33rd minute.

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