Maurizio Sarri could be sacked if Chelsea are defeated in the Carabao Cup final (Picture: Getty)Roma have reportedly approached Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri with a view to him managing the club next season.
Sarri is under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge after dramatic decline in form since the turn of the year and the Italian is expected to be sacked if Chelsea are beaten by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup this weekend.
Gianfranco Zola is being lined up as a potential caretaker manager until the summer, with Zinedine Zidane and Frank Lampard eyed as long-term solutions.
According to Sky Sports, Roma are interested in appointing Sarri ahead of the 2019/20 campaign after a concerning run of form under current boss Eusebio Di Francesco.
An embarrassing 7-1 defeat away to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia at the end of January convinced Roma to consider their options and Sarri’s representatives have been contacted.
The 60-year-old is still highly regarded in Serie A after leading Napoli to successive top-four finishes from 2015/16 to 2017/18.
Chelsea players now expect Sarri to be given his marching orders if they are beaten by City at Wembley on Sunday.
This means Zola could be in charge when the Blues host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.
Zola could be appointed interim boss until the summer (Picture: Getty)On Thursday, Chelsea take on Malmo for the second leg of their Europa League last-32 clash and Sarri is hopeful that his players can produce the goods.
‘It is very difficult to think we are able to win three or four in a row, but in football everything can change in one day,’ he said.
‘I think we need a good performance and result and then with more confidence we can.
‘I have to think I will be Chelsea manager for a long time or I cannot work.
‘I am not sure but I must think this and want to work with a long-term target.’
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