Sarri: Not sure if the players are still with me
I don’t know if I still retain the backing of the dressing room says the Italian coach following a string of poor results.
Maurizio Sarri has said he is not sure whether his players are still with him following his side’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup yesterday
The team have lost three of their last five games in all competitions with 0goal with Bournemouth and Manchester City inflicting 4-0 and 6-0 defeats, respectively.
Sarri has just six days to try and pick his players up before their Carabao Cup final against City, a game which could prove decisive in whether he stays as the coach or not
The italian boss admitted he was not entirely sure if his players still backed him following the recent run of poor results.
“I think [the players are still with me]. Of course, I am not sure, but I think so,” Sarri said after the game.
“I think the situation with the players is really very good for the relationship, but the relationship is not so important.
“My importance lies in playing and getting good result after each match but my relationship with my players is good at the moment.”
Sarri also lamented at the lack of fight his players showed – a criticism he has levelled at them before.
“I need my players to improve because I am not able to get out of my players a very high level of aggression and determination yet.”
He defended his side’s performance as a whole, however, saying that his team were ‘unlucky’.
“I think that, with the result, we were unlucky,” he said.
“In the first half we played better than the opponent and, at the end of the first half, it was 2-0 to them.
“Then in the second half, it was really very difficult to play because they are a really physical team and defended very low, compact.
Maybe it would have been better if we played with so much determination like we did in the first half, the second half we played in a confused state
“We need, of course, more aggression, more determination in the situation inside our box, and inside the opposing box.
“We played 78 balls in the opposing goal, and United played only 16 into our box, and it was 2-0. That was the difference, we we’re just unlucky”
Chelsea play Malmo next in the second leg of their Europa League knockout tie, having won the first leg 2-1.