Obstinate Sarri not moved by sack rumours

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Maurizio Sarri has promised to stick to his footballing philosophy amid unrest from Chelsea fans and sack rumours.

Sarri,60, is unwilling to compromise his Sarri-ball- the possession-based 4-3-3 system, which has forced key players like Hazard and Kante to play out of their natural positions.

With a series of humiliating results almost becoming a norm at the club, the Blues fans were forced to voice out their frustration in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round.

But the former Napoli remained defiant as he suggested the tactics were not the problem.

“The system is a false problem. I want to see football in another way,” Sarri told FourFourTwo.

Asked if he can change the fans’ views, Sarri added: “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.

“Of course in this moment it’s very difficult to think we’re able to win three, four matches in a row.

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“As you know very well in football everything can change in one day. I think we need first of all a good performance, a good result and with more confidence, we are able to do anything.”

The Blues face City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, but first, meet Sweden’s Malmo on Thursday night in the Europa League last-32 second leg. Sarri’s side hold a 2-1 first-leg advantage.

And reports are rife that results in those games could determine Sarri’s future at the club.

Sarri says he has not spoken to Abramovich or director Marina Granovskaia this week.

He added: “I have to think that I will be the manager of Chelsea for a long time, otherwise I cannot work.

“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 target.”

Chelsea’s congested fixture calendar makes finding solutions difficult for Sarri, who has introduced training on a matchday this season.

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