Zinedine Zidane should replace Maurizio Sarri to solve ‘player power’ problem at Chelsea, says Robert Pires Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Mar 2019 2:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Comment Kepa refused to leave the pitch against City (Picture: Getty)‘It was perhaps a misunderstanding, but it was very poorly handled and would have definitely been on the players’ minds when they were heading for penalties. We’ll never know how much it impacted them, but it also took attention away from a much-improved performance by Chelsea.‘It’s very important to respect the manager’s decision, even if we sometimes don’t agree with it as a player. We need to show respect and support our team-mates too otherwise the dressing room can be a very difficult place.‘Sarri is in a difficult situation where he needs to get positive results to save his job. He might have reacted differently and more severely if he was more comfortable in his own future at Chelsea.‘I expect Kepa to continue as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper and his career will carry on as though it never happened. He can consider himself lucky, but it reveals a lot about the player power in the Chelsea dressing room that he felt he could do that at Wembley. I expect Sarri to still be at the club until the end of the season and then they will decide.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalShould Chelsea sack Maurizio Sarri and hire Zinedine Zidane?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Will Zidane arrive at Chelsea? (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Robert Pires believes Maurizio Sarri won’t be in charge of Chelsea next season and believes the Italian should be replaced by Zinedine Zidane.Chelsea face a battle to qualify for the 2019/20 Champions League, with Sarri clinging on to his job at Stamford Bridge.Zidane – who has been out of work since guiding Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles – has been tipped to replace Sarri in some quarters and Arsenal legend Pires believes he would be a great addition to English football.But more importantly for Chelsea’s sake, Pires thinks Zidane can finally tackle the ‘player power’ problem in the Stamford Bridge changing room.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a very strange situation with Chelsea and how they treat their managers,’ Pires told Bwin. Sarri’s future is unclear (Picture: Getty)‘Sarri is a very good manager and he performed very well with Napoli, but it’s hard to see him at the club next season. There appears to be a lot of player power at Chelsea that he is struggling to overcome like many have before him.‘I think Zidane would be a very good appointment at Chelsea. He would demand respect from the Chelsea players and control the dressing room as a result of everything he has achieved both on the pitch as a player and on the bench as a manager.‘He’s a winner and a warrior. He’s had great success in the Champions League which is attractive to the Chelsea owner. It would be very good news for the Premier League if Zidane moved to England.’Sarri was publicly undermined by his goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, with the Spaniard refusing to be removed from the field of play, and Pires believes that was just another sign of how the player power at Stamford Bridge is bubbling out of control.‘It was a very strange situation with Sarri and Kepa at Wembley,’ he added. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen before.