Sarri plays down fans' revolt

19 February 2019 08:53:20 UK

Maurizio Sarri claims he is not worried about the fans, but returning Chelsea to winning ways after they crashed out of the FA Cup to Manchester United.

The Blues fans made their feelings known to the Italian tactician after goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba condemned the holders to a 2-0 defeat and elimination at the fifth-round stage at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

If we are able to win three or four matches in a row, it will be really very easy (to change the negative mood).

Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea had won 2-1 at Malmo in the Europa League last Thursday, although the 6-0 drubbing against Manchester City on 10th February was no doubt still fresh in the memory as sections of the supporters turned on Sarri.

The former Napoli coach, who took over from Antonio Conte last summer, recognises that Chelsea must improve but feels the fans will be won over with a run of wins.

The 60-year-old said: "I am worried about the results. Not about the fans.

"I can understand the situation and our fans, because the result wasn't really good. We are out of the FA Cup, so I can understand. But I am worried about our results.

"We were unlucky. In the first half we played better than the opponent and, at the end of the first half, it was 2-0 to them. So we played confused football in the second half. But, in the first half, we played well. We need, of course, more aggression, more determination.

"If we are able to win three or four matches in a row, it will be really very easy (to change the negative mood)."

Sarri has an ideal chance to get back into the good books as Chelsea face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday and they are 11/4 to lift the trophy, while the Citizens are priced at 1/4.

Chelsea are also 2/1 to finish in the top-four of the Premier League and qualify for next season's Champions League.

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