Chelsea have struggled under manager Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri is ‘lucky’ to still be in charge of Chelsea, according to former Arsenal star Paul Merson.
Sarri made a bright start to his managerial career at Stamford Bridge but was close to being sacked earlier in the year after a poor run of form.
While results have picked up, the Italian remains under huge pressure and was subjected to negative chants from Chelsea fans over the weekend.
The Blues fell behind to relegation battlers Cardiff City, but mounted a late comeback to snatch victory.
Reflecting on the match, Arsenal hero Merson told Sky Sports: ‘At Chelsea, I’m not sure about the manager.
‘He’s lucky to be in charge. Neil Warnock can say Cardiff were unlucky, well Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea were lucky.
‘With the team he picked he’d have done well to keep his job had they lost at Cardiff. Then there were the substitutions and the fact Callum Hudson-Odoi didn’t get on.
‘He was very fortunate in the end. Despite all the negativity they should still have enough to beat Brighton at Stamford Bridge.’
Chelsea face Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening and Merson believes the hosts will clinch a comfortable victory as they battle for a top four place.
‘It was a poor result for Brighton at home to Southampton on Saturday,’ he added. ‘The fact Cardiff lost was a real stroke of luck, but Chris Hughton and his side need to be careful.’
Sarri, meanwhile, has hinted Callum Hudson-Odoi could make his first Premier League star against Brighton.
‘In my opinion, he is our future,’ said Sarri, who has been criticial of Hudson-Odoi at times this season. ‘He will probably start tomorrow or in the next match.’