HE will not be feeling it this morning, but Maurizio Sarri is a lucky man.
Not with the king-sized headache that would have accompanied him all the way back from Manchester on Sunday evening.
Reuters5 Maurizio Sarri is extraordinarily lucky to have not been sacked already
Nor when he considers how his team capitulated in pathetic, embarrassing fashion.
But lucky, indeed, that he is Chelsea manager now, in 2019, and not at any previous stage since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Claudio Ranieri was sacked for only finishing runners up to Arsenal’s Invincibles.
Avram Grant was a John Terry penalty shoot-out slip from winning the Champions League, and took the title race to the final day. Axed.
Getty5 Roman Abramovich is not usually one to allow this sort of form to continue
PA:Press Association5 Chelsea were thumped 6-0 by Man City at the Etihad yesterday
Luiz Felipe Scolari received his marching orders after a goalless home draw with Hull, because the powers that be feared Chelsea might slip out of the top four.
Carlo Ancelotti was booted within minutes of the final kick of the season when he only finished second, 12 months after lifting the Double.
Andre Villas-Boas was pinged in March, with his side in fifth place.
Roberto Di Matteo gave Abramovich the Holy Grail but lasted less than sixth months afterwards, sent packing with the Blues third.