Could the same happen under his successor this season? That's why, against Manchester City, everyone saw a team that was ready to fight.
Sarri has previous experience here.
Napoli forward Dries Mertens has dropped a hint that he could leave Italy and join Chelsea.
According to a UK Metro report, Sarri is unhappy with resources available for him to bolster his squad and has grown exhausted with his attack-line options of Morata and Giroud.
Defeat left Fulham on nine points, alongside Southampton, who offered new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl a glimpse of the task he faces in a 1-0 loss at fellow relegation contenders Cardiff City, Callum Paterson scoring the 74th-minute victor. Pep Guardiola began to make plans to integrate these exciting youth team players into his first team squad, nearly immediately upon his arrival at City.
"Hazard, Pedro and Willian are really very suitable for this kind of playing, so I think it's a normal choice. That's why it's a good test for us, I will welcome that".
Sarri said his side had only played well for 55 minutes at Wolves and knows they will have to be at full tilt for 90 minutes on Saturday evening if they are to have any chance of halting the City juggernaut. It seems ideal for away games - a trip to Brighton is next for Chelsea - and matches against big rivals at home. "He is very technical and has good feet so he would make a good striker".
"Sarri does not have an off button", he said. We're happy because we did great against the best team in the league.
Chelsea is eight points behind first-place Liverpool ahead of a kind schedule of games over the busy festive period in England. Chelsea rode their luck in the first half before emerging 2-0 victors at Stamford Bridge.
Salah had been rested from the start for Wednesday's 3-1 win at Burnley that kept Jurgen Klopp's men on City's coat-tails, and the Egyptian looked to have benefited from a break as he looked more like the player who netted 44 goals in an incredible debut season at Anfield.
Where has this Manchester United been all season?
"But the lads had got enough quality to still win the game".
Sarri has resisted calls to return Kante to the deep-lying midfield role where he shone in winning the World Cup with France and Premier League titles for Leicester and Chelsea at the expense of Jorginho.