Maurizio Sarri insists he is unconcerned about the mounting pressure upon his Chelsea reign, insisting matters were worse at Napoli.
The Blues suffered their joint-heaviest defeat of the Premier League era 4-0 in the hands of the Cherries. And that scoreline infuriated a section of Chelsea fans
Some travelling supporters at the Vitality Stadium sung, “You don’t know what you’re doing” when new recruit Gonzalo Higuain was substituted midway through the second half.
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Speaking ahead of Huddersfield Town’s trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the 60-year-old offered a calm and staunch defence of his methods, labelling himself a “dreamer” who would stick to the style of football he honed to widespread admiration while in Naples.
“I arrived from Naples. Napoli is, for the third time in a row, in the Champions League,” he disclosed to FourFourTwo. “So the level here is really very high, but the old level wasn’t so low.
“I think there was more pressure because Naples is the only big city in Italy with only one team. So, in Naples, the pressure from the fans is really big pressure.”
Sarri maintained he will stick to his tactics despite accusations that opponents have figured out his style of play with Eddie Howe’s side the latest to expose the team.
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“It’s not my problem,” he replied when addressing whether his employers would tolerate a prolonged transitional period. “I want to remain the same man.
“If I am a dreamer, I am a dreamer. I have fun with my football. I want to play my football. If I believe that the organisation in a team is everything, I cannot change my mind.
“I think that my job is always at risk and I love my job for this reason. I thrive on pressure.
“So I love my job for everything, but I know very well the rules. My job is always at risk. You can win against [Manchester] City, but after three days you are at risk.”