Chelsea players convinced Maurizio Sarri will be sacked if they lose to Spurs

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Feb 2019 5:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link420Shares Advertisementcenter_img Chelsea players convinced Maurizio Sarri will be sacked if they lose to Spurs Sarri is on the brink at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)A section of the Chelsea dressing room is convinced that Maurizio Sarri’s term as manager will be brought to an abrupt end should they suffer defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.Sarri’s side emerged with a lot of credit after their defeat on penalties to defending champions Manchester City on Sunday but the Italian is skating on thin ice amid an awful run of results that has left the Blues’ season on the point of implosion.Out of the FA Cup and behind Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for a top-four spot, Chelsea’s only realistic hope for silverware is in the Europa League but the club’s hierarchy are desperate for a return to the Champions League next season.AdvertisementAdvertisementDefeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s men this week would leave their hopes of gaining qualification for Europe’s premier competition looking grim, particularly given this spell of poor form.ADVERTISEMENT Maurizio Sarri says his keeper made a ‘big mistake’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:51FullscreenMaurizio Sarri says his keeper made a ‘big mistake’https://metro.co.uk/video/maurizio-sarri-says-keeper-big-mistake-1871258/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Chelsea’s top brass have become more and more concerned that Sarri will fail to achieve the main goal of the 2018/19 season and deliver his outfit back into the Champions League and are keen to appoint Steve Holland as interim manager should results fail to improve.Holland is currently England manager Gareth Southgate’s assistant but spent the best part of a decade at Stamford Bridge.Should Sarri keep his job, several players will seek an exit but a portion of the squad are convinced he will be dismissed of his duties if results go against them on Wednesday night.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsShould Maurizio Sarri be sacked?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultslast_img read more

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Dodgers notebook: Yasiel Puig swinging at ‘too many bad pitches’

first_imgSAN DIEGO >> The millionaire athlete who set TMZ atwitter by joking that he wanted to buy a helicopter claims he can’t afford a computer and thus never watches video to get himself out of a slump.“He might not be telling the whole truth,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when told of Yasiel Puig’s playful assertion. “There’s some video that is part of this equation.“It’s a tool. … It’s more of video on where you’ve been when you’re good and here’s the video when you’re not so good and here’s the comparison.”There is a video library’s worth of material for the latter with Puig this season. After a fast start, he sank into a five-week funk that only recently seems to be abating. Even without the video, Puig has diagnosed his problem. Roberts said he and hitting coach Turner Ward have no desire to curb Puig’s aggressive nature at the plate. But they want to channel it.“It gets into more hitting philosophy,” he said. “The more aggressive you are as far as being ready to hit a strike then you’re body gets into the right position to stop on a baseball. It’s more of that ‘Yes-Yes-No’ approach as opposed to ‘I’m going to swing at anything that’s moving forward.’ Sometimes he gets a little into that mode. Still as a hitter you have to be ready to swing.”McCarthy updateBrandon McCarthy’s throwing program has been temporarily put on hold after the right-hander experienced some discomfort following a session of live batting practice recently.McCarthy is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery just over a year ago. It was anticipated that McCarthy would be able to start a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment shortly after Hyun-Jin Ryu (recovering from shoulder surgery last May). But Ryu has made two rehab starts already and is scheduled to make his third on Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.The Dodgers do not believe the need to pause McCarthy’s throwing program will change his expected return, targeted for some time in early July. McCarthy will still have to throw to hitters at least a couple times in simulated-game situations before starting a rehab assignment.“He just didn’t feel right after his last session and is just taking a few days off from throwing,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said. The discomfort was “arm-related,” Zaidi said, but not necessarily an indication of issues with his surgically-repaired elbow.“He’s just off from throwing for a few days,” Zaidi said. “I think it’s fair to categorize it as a minor setback and we’re just being cautious in giving him a few days off.“This is a big step — going from throwing to live hitters (in batting practice) to starting a rehab. … He wasn’t quite ready after his last session. I know velocity-wise he’s been up to 88-89 (mph) which is good at this stage.”AlsoOutfielder Scott Van Slyke is scheduled to start a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday. Van Slyke has been on the DL since the first week of the season with a back problem. … Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to make his third rehab start on Wednesday with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Ryu is on track to make his comeback with the Dodgers in early June. … Right-hander Frankie Montas is scheduled to start his rehab assignment with Double-A Tulsa by pitching for the Drillers on Sunday. Montas has been out since undergoing surgery to remove the first rib on his right side in February. … Alex Guerrero has gone 0 for 16 with four strikeouts since moving his rehab assignment from Class-A to Double-A Tulsa earlier this week. The 20-day limit on Guerrero’s assignment expires on May 30. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “Yeah. Swinging at bad pitches,” Puig said in English. “So many bad pitches.”So how does Puig plan to fix this problem?“Open my eyes and look for good pitches,” he said.There is, of course, more to it than that and Roberts said Puig has made some mechanical adjustments in order to be less “rotational” and stay more up the middle. The fact that his home run Friday went to right-center field was a positive sign, Roberts said.“It just seems like his pulse is better,” Roberts said. “Again – swinging at strikes, taking balls. When he’s in the strike zone he’ll obviously be a lot more productive.”last_img read more

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