Maurizio Sarri is keen to win silverware in his first season at Chelsea, but won’t be losing any sleep over it either
The Italian coach will take charge of his first European game at Stamford Bridge later this evening for Chelsea’s Europa League clash with Hungarian side Vidi.
The Blues are being widely tipped as one the favourites to go all the way and reclaim the trophy they won in 2013, but Sarri is refusing to allow the squad to get complacent at such an early stage of the competition.
“We want to arrive at the end [of the competition],” he told a news conference. “But I don’t know. The Europa League is a very unusual competition.
“At the moment, we don’t know the names of all the opponents. In the second round will arrive eight teams from the Champions League. It’s very difficult.
“In Italy, it’s not very easy to win a trophy. In the last seven, eight years, only Juventus won a trophy. It’s very difficult. In England, it’s difficult, because in England we have six, seven teams that can win. So, it’s very difficult.
“I am here to win, I want to win, I want to win something. I hope to be able to do it. No [I don’t lose sleep over it]. I need to sleep for eight hours every night, otherwise, I am in trouble.”
Chelsea defeated Greek side PAOK 1-0 a fortnight ago in their Group L opener through a 7th-minute Willian goal.
The game between Chelsea and Vidi will begin at 21:00 (CEST).
Chelsea entertain Vidi in Europa League action today #UEL
Forget about the Blues prioritising the Premier League, though.
For Maurizio Sarri, the target is clear – win a trophy 🏆 pic.twitter.com/9l6xfIGDFc
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