Sarri seems to be the hardest word for Chelsea fans. Of the 11 managers Roman Abramovich has employed during his ownership of the club only Rafael Benítez, the “interim one”, appears to have provoked a violent response among the supporters.

For Benítez that reaction was far more extreme, far more toxic and hostile. There was no chance at all that Chelsea fans would take to him given his flimsy job title and Liverpool past which, frankly, was dealt with irrationally. Benítez became the focus of their discontent.

Almost as damagingly Maurizio Sarri appears to provoke little more than indifference, punctuated by a simmering frustration. That was shown again in Sunday’s Premier League victory over…



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