Tuesday 15 October 2019

Future is 'not important' as Sarri plans for next year

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Photo: PA
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Photo: PA

Ian Winrow

Maurizio Sarri has held discussions with the Chelsea hierarchy about the club's pre-season plans, despite ongoing doubts surrounding the head coach's position at the club.

Pressure has grown on Sarri since the turn of the year and in particular following a series of defeats, including heavy losses at Bournemouth and Manchester City and the painful FA Cup loss to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last month that triggered an angry reaction from home supporters.

Performances have improved since then, however, with back-to-back victories against Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham reviving Chelsea's challenge for a top-four spot.

Tonight's home meeting with Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie offers the possibility to extend that run.

Sarri maintains he is not dwelling on his long-term prospects, although he expressed a belief yesterday that, if results continue to improve, he will still be at the club beyond this season.

His involvement in planning preparations for the new campaign, including a trip to Japan, will do nothing to dent that view.

"We were talking about the problem of the next pre-season," said Sarri, confirming he has been involved in discussions with club officials. So we were trying to organise in the best way."

Asked if recent results have made him more confident about his chances of remaining at the club, he said: "It's not a big problem. The problem is the results. All the rest is not important.

"I was confident in the past and I am confident now, of course. It's not important if I'm here next season. In this moment, Dynamo Kiev is everything."

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