MAURIZIO SARRI is praying his latest crisis meeting will prevent a FOURTH away humiliation in a row. Chelsea’s boss held an urgent inquest after S
MAURIZIO SARRI is praying his latest crisis meeting will prevent a FOURTH away humiliation in a row.
Chelsea’s boss held an urgent inquest after Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City.
That followed a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal and 4-0 thumping at Bournemouth.
And ahead of tonight’s Europa League crunch in Sweden, Sarri said: “It’s not easy to play after a 6-0, but we have to play and we have to play well.
“We talked all together for one hour the day after the match. We need to have short-term targets. Tomorrow the target is to qualify or have a good result.
On Monday, the target will be to get into the quarter- finals of the FA Cup. Then to win the League Cup.
“It’s very strange to say it after a 6-0, but we want to win. We need short-term targets, and then a dream in the long-term.”
Sarri has crammed in two training sessions before flying to Sweden for the first leg of a Europa League last-32 match that has taken on extra significance.
Chelsea are now sixth in the Premier League and Europe’s B-list competition may offer a more accessible route into next season’s Champions League.
Sarri, who also held a crisis meeting after the Bournemouth hammering, is expected to start his big guns like Eden Hazard tonight.
Marcos Alonso was left in London amid rumours the pair have fallen out over the defender’s recent performances.
Sarri said: “I wanted Marcos to rest. No physical problem.”
Sarri will face former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler, who now manages Malmo.
Rosler enjoyed seeing Chelsea get thumped by his old team.
The German said: “You want me to be honest? I was delighted.
“Chelsea started really well but City were effective, precise and killed the game off early.”
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