Thursday 17 October 2019

Sarri unhappy that his future may rest on Europa final result

Sarri: Unhappy with treatment. Photo: Matthew Childs
Sarri: Unhappy with treatment. Photo: Matthew Childs

Matt Law

Maurizio Sarri has told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that he should sack him now if his job as head coach rests on next week's Europa League final against Arsenal.

And Sarri has confirmed that he would like to hold talks over his future after the Baku final, with Juventus keen to take him back to Italy and Roma also showing interest.

Chelsea will not make any decision on Sarri until after the Arsenal match, but will not stand in the 60-year-old's way if he expresses a desire to return to his home country.

Sarri has 12 months, plus a year's option, remaining on his contract which is worth £5 million a year and Chelsea would demand that was paid up by Juventus or any other club that wants him.

Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League already after finishing third in the Premier League and also reached the Carabao Cup final. Asked if it would be fair for a decision on his future to be taken on the Europa League final, Sarri replied: "No, if the situation is like this I want to go immediately.

"You cannot say 10 months of work and then I have to play everything in 90 minutes. It's not the right way. You're either happy about my work or you're not."

Sarri, however, was far less bullish on the prospect of him still being at Chelsea next season, insisting next Wednesday's final was his future.

"My future is Wednesday, I think," said Sarri. "I need to think only about the final at this moment. I have two years of contract here, so I have no contact with other clubs at the moment. I have to speak at my club first of all after the final. I want to know if they are happy with me or not. That is it. I have two more years of contract."

Sarri refused to discuss the proposed return of former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is expected to start his last-ever game for Arsenal in Baku before rejoining the Stamford Bridge club in a technical role.

But he did back Arsenal's criticism of using Baku as the venue for the final and insisted the pressure would be on them, as their only hope of qualifying for the Champions League is by winning the Europa League.

"Baku is a big problem for our fans, so I think it would have been better to play it in another location," said Sarri, who believes N'Golo Kante will be fit. "The situation will be the same for both teams. But, of course, it would be better to play with 30,000 fans of Chelsea and 30,000 fans of Arsenal. You do this job for this match. For these matches. So, it's better for everybody to have the fans with the team."

Sarri questioned the motivation of his players at times this season and it could be argued that Arsenal have more to play for in the final, with Chelsea safely qualified for next season's Champions League.

"It's a risk, of course," said Sarri. "On the other hand, we have to consider the pressure. In this moment, we have less motivation than the opponents, but probably they have more pressure on them. So there is a positive side and a negative side in both.

"We didn't want to play this final for a Champions League place."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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