Maurizio Sarri insists he expects to avoid being sacked as
Chelsea manager if his troubled side can put together a sustained
Reports on Wednesday claimed Sarri will be axed if Chelsea are
beaten in any of their next three matches after losing the
backing of the club's hierarchy.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not renowned for his patience
and Monday's limp FA Cup fifth round defeat against Manchester
United increased speculation that Sarri is on the brink of being
Sarri faces a crucial seven days as Chelsea take a slender 2-1
advantage into Thursday's Europa League last 32 second-leg
against Malmo before facing Manchester City in the League Cup
final at Wembley on Sunday.
Those games are followed by a crucial London derby against
Tottenham in the Premier League next Wednesday, a match Chelsea
can't afford to lose as they sit outside the top four.
Acknowledging his perilous position can only be improved by a
rapid reversal of fortunes, Sarri told reporters: "We need to win
three, four matches in a row. It's the only solution.
"I can understand very well the frustration of our fans. Because
they are used to winning. Now we are in trouble, so I can
understand very well.
"There isn't another way. We can only have good performances and
With Chelsea in the midst of a bad run, Sarri is fighting to save
his job less than a season after arriving from Napoli.
The United loss followed hot on the heels of a humiliating 6-0
thrashing at Manchester City, which ranked as Chelsea's heaviest
defeat for 28 years, and an equally miserable 4-0 defeat at
Angry Blues fans have taunted Sarri with chants demanding the
60-year-old's sacking and calling for former Chelsea star Frank
Lampard, now in charge of second tier Derby, to be hired as his
- 'It's not easy' -
But, insisting he still has a future at Stamford Bridge, Sarri
says he has not spoken to Abramovich or influential director
Marina Granovskaia this week.
"I have to think that I will be the manager of Chelsea for a long
time, otherwise I cannot work," Sarri said.
"I am not sure (if I will be here for a long time), but I have to
think this. I have to work and I want to work with a long-range
"Of course in this moment it's very difficult to think we're able
to win three, four matches in a row. As you know very well in
football everything can change in one day."
One of the main criticisms of Sarri has been his stubborn refusal
to change his tactics despite clear evidence that the formula
that worked with Napoli is failing at Chelsea.
Sarri has held several lengthy inquests with his players after
Chelsea's worst results and conducted another after the United
But reports claim many of his players have lost faith with his
football philosophy, especially his decision to use his former
Napoli midfielder Jorginho in the holding role instead of N'Golo
Kante, who had thrived in that position in the past.
Sarri's hopes of getting Chelsea back to the form that saw them
start the season with an 18-match unbeaten run are being hampered
by the team's hectic schedule.
"We're trying to solve our problems. It's not very easy because
we have no time," he said.
"We're trying to talk with the players, trying to avoid some
mistakes by video. It's not easy, because we have to play every
three days, so on the pitch we have no time."
The Italian still refuses to compromise on his 4-3-3 system and
possession-based 'Sarri-ball' style, which was ridiculed by
supporters on Monday.
"The system is a false problem. I know very well that when we
lose I have to put a striker on the pitch. When we win I have to
put a defender on the pitch. But I want to see football in
another way," he said.