Former Chelsea star Wayne Bridge is surprised that Maurizio Sarri is not yet sacked as Blues manager. The Italian was appointed as manager of the West London club last summer following the sacking of Antonio Conte. He made a promising start to life as manager of the club but things underwent a downward spiral at the end of 2018.

Due to the club’s struggles for consistency, it was widely speculated that Sarri would not last.

“Some say it’s been successful but it’s been very up and down,” Bridge told Sky Sports.

“They’ve been very inconsistent and consistency is what you want of a big team. That’s what’s going to win you the Premier League.

“I don’t really know where he [Sarri] stands. I’m very surprised that he’s still there.

“They are third [in the Premier League] and they are in a final [the Europa League] but as an ex-player and a Chelsea fan, they would like to see them higher up in the table.

“I know it’s third but they want to see them competing [for the title].”

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The Blues have struggled to challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City and one can say that there is a gulf in class between them and the top two sides in England (Liverpool and City). Sarri has been criticized for his team selection and in particular for his decision to play Jorginho in the defensive midfield role ahead of N’Golo Kante who has occupied a more advanced midfield role this season. The advanced midfielder role is one which Kante is not exactly familiar with though he has once again been world-class this season.

The Blues finished the season in third position on the Premier League standings and are set to play Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku. They will qualify for next season’s Champions League regardless of whether they defeat the Gunners.