On at least two occasions, Roman Abramovich tried and failed to persuade Pep Guardiola to jump onto Chelsea's managerial carousel, so the club's Russian billionaire owner will not have enjoyed seeing the Catalan mastermind Manchester City's 6-0 hammering of Maurizio Sarri's team at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
As defending champion City reclaimed top spot from Liverpool on goal difference, Chelsea slipped to sixth place, coming on the back of a 2-0 loss at Arsenal and 4-0 collapse at Bournemouth in away games. After 3-0 they were much better than us and after 5-0 it was not easy for them.
Chelsea's vice-captain Cesar Azpilicueta was one of the few to face the media after the painful result, and he used the opportunity to apologise to fans.
Sarri was also asked if he feared for his future as Blues boss. "You have to ask the club".
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"I'm worried about my team, I'm worried about the performance, [but] my job is always at risk, so I'm not worried about that", Sarri said.
"When we won against them at Stamford Bridge it was because we played a very good game all together". The only reason I came to City, the chairman and the people here, they believe in me and don't think badly when I lose.
The west London club are 15 points behind leaders Man City and could go another season without Champions League football.
"They beat us at Stamford Bridge and against Napoli [Sarri's old club] last season they were tight games - in moments of those games, they were better than us".
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"It is hard to describe our performance, it's hard also to understand".
"At that moment we had only to stay in the match and we were not able to do that".
He said after the match on Chelsea TV: "For me the definition of madness is you keep trying the same things over and over again and it doesn't work and you keep doing it".
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