Chelsea captain Gary Cahill unleased a no holds barred criticism on club head coach Maurizio Sarri due to the manner in which he has been treated as the defender prepared to leave the club after the end of the season. In a clarification, Sarri stated that the defender’s style of play did not fit into his possession-based football.
Cahill has just made seven appearances this season despite being a key player for the club in the past seasons and winning two Premier League titles as well as the Champions League, Europa League, and the FA Cup since he joined the club from Bolton in 2012.
The last time the defender made a competitive appearance was way back in November 29 last year and has complained that the coach has avoided discussing his lack of first team matches.
In a story published on Reuters, Cahill was quoted as saying: “It’s been really terrible for me personally,” Cahill told the Daily Telegraph. “It will just be erased out of my head when I leave Chelsea. My last memory will be last season’s FA Cup final.
“It’s been very difficult. I have played on a regular basis over the previous six seasons and I’ve won everything with Chelsea, so to be watching from the stands is something I didn’t expect.”
“If you are not playing a player, any player, for two, three, four games, then you don’t have to give a reason for that. But if it gets to eight or nine games, then you have to explain the situation. What’s going on? But the manager hasn’t done that,” Cahill said.
“It makes it very hard for me to have respect for someone who has not respected what some of us have won with the club.”
The Blues registered a convincing three-nil victory over Watford on Sunday which has sealed the Champions League position for the club. However, it is not all smooth route for the Blues as they have been imposed with a transfer ban for the upcoming season and club talisman Eden hazard has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.