CHELSEA will get found out at very quickly at Manchester City on Sunday if they try and play the ball out from the back.
That is according to former Liverpool midfielder turned Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who thinks that Maurizio Sarri needs to work out a different way of playing in games away from home.
The Blues have lost their last three away matches in all competitions without scoring a goal.
A 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham was followed by a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Arsenal – but things then got much worse.
Sarri then oversaw Chelsea’s worst league defeat since 1996 where they lost 4-0 at Bournemouth.
And with champions Manchester City lying in wait, their next away game could not be any more daunting.
Pep Guardiola’s men will have their tails up after overtaking Liverpool at the top of the Premier League in midweek – albeit on goal difference.
Wins over Arsenal and Everton have helped bridge the gap over the Reds, who have dropped four points in their last two matches.
After Chelsea’s defeat to the Cherries, Sarri admitted he was finding it difficult to motivate his players.
This though did not seem to be the case in early December, however, when the Blues inflicted City’s first league defeat of the season, winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
But Redknapp thinks they were lucky to come away with the win on the day and has warned it could be very different at the Etihad on Sunday.
“If you analyse Chelsea’s 2-0 win over City in December, Guardiola’s side were by far and away the best side for large parts of the game,” he told Sky Sports.
“Chelsea were hanging on at times at 1-0, and if they go to the Etihad and play like they have away from home against some of the big sides, they’ll get blown away.
“I’m all for playing nice football, and technically I love seeing the way Pep’s teams play and when teams play it into midfield.
“But if Chelsea go to City and think they can play out of the back in the first 10 minutes, into Jorginho’s feet and then out to the full-backs again with that nice pace, make no mistake, they will be one or two down before you know it.
“They are going to have to find a different way of playing – maybe it’s a direct Plan B – but just don’t invite City onto you.
“They have Gonzalo Higuain, who is a predator, a master goalscorer, that’s what he does. There’s definitely a good relationship between Eden Hazard and Higuain.”
Chelsea could find themselves out of the top four come kick-off time on Sunday with Manchester United playing Fulham on Saturday.
The Red Devils are now only two points behind Sarri’s men after a brilliant run of results under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.