Maurizio Sarri remains confident he will be at Chelsea for a “long time” yet, despite the lingering doubts surrounding his future.
The pressure keeps on mounting for Sarri on the back of his latest setback on Monday, which saw Chelsea exit the FA Cup in the fifth round to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge through a 2-0 defeat.
As a result, the Blues have lost three of their last six games and have conceded 12 times in the process with just two goals scored.
Latest reports in England suggest that Sarri could be removed from his position as Chelsea manager if things fail to turn around over the next three games.
But the Italian remains unfazed and is confident he will be in west London for a long time yet.
“I have to think I will be the manager of Chelsea for a long time, otherwise I cannot work,” said Sarri on the club website.
“I am not sure [I will be] but I have to think this, because I have to work and I want to work with a long-term target.”
The former Napoli coach also revealed the sole “solution” to ease the Chelsea supporters’ disappointment over their current predicament.
“It’s very easy. We need to win three or four matches in a row. It’s the only solution,” continued Sarri.
“I can understand very well the frustration of our fans. They are used to winning, and now we are in trouble. There isn’t another way. We only have to have good performances and good results.
“In this moment it’s very difficult to think we can win three or four matches in a row, but in football, everything can change in one day. First of all, we need a good performance and result, and then with more confidence, we are able to do everything.”
Just three days following their FA Cup exit to United, Chelsea will return to action on Thursday for the second leg of their last-32 Europa League tie against Malmo FF.
The Blues grabbed a narrow 2-1 first leg win last time out in Sweden through goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud.
“It’s not easy because we have to play every three days,” admitted Sarri.
“We have no time, but we are trying to solve our problems. We are trying to talk with the players, avoiding some mistakes by [watching] videos.
“I have to think we are able to improve, and able to improve immediately. The result is not everything. In the last match, we played better, especially in the first half.
“But we have to solve a big problem because we stayed in the other half for 75 minutes out of 90, and we were not able to score. They played only 15 or 16 balls into our box and they scored two goals.
“We have to solve this problem. It is probably a problem of aggression, determination in both boxes.”
The Chelsea and Malmo match will take place at Stamford Bridge with kick-off set for 9:00 PM (CET) on Thursday.
Back at the Bridge for our Europa League second leg tomorrow! 👊 pic.twitter.com/Svj9ltOogs
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 20, 2019