EPL: Chelsea take decision on Sarri's replacement


City have used the song after recent wins over Chelsea at the Etihad, but cut it short on Sunday after their humiliating margin of victory.

Former Chelsea captain Frank Lampard is the bookmakers' favourite to become the next permanent boss as pressure mounts on Maurizio Sarri.

A win for City moves them back top of the Premier League table while the manner and margin of the defeat sees Chelsea lose ground in the race for the top four.

Pep Guardiola's side condemned the Blues to a third defeat in four league matches, and this was the most embarrassing. At the beginning, we played better away than at home.

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"I don't know [about my future]", he added. "You are asking me [about] something which is not my job". I am anxious about my team. You'd have to ask the club.

Andre Villas-Boas was sent on his way in March 2012 as the team languished in fifth place.

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However, in Sarri's defence, the repeated churn of managers at Chelsea points to a bigger problem than just the manager's tactics.

While Sarri remains in the dugout for now, Chelsea have a history of quick dismissals having employed 11 different managers over the last 10 years.

With the season going to be a fight to the end for Chelsea to secure a Champions League spot, the young players are always something to be excited about.

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Sarri, who left Serie A side Napoli to take charge at Stamford Bridge last summer, was asked if he was concerned about his own future.

Yet, Sarri has also done little to stem the tide, steadfastly refusing to change his approach to the game.

Insisting he was happy for Vardy to take the penalty, Puel said: "I gave him the opportunity".

The Spaniard said: "I know exactly what he wants to do".