‘No, not this week – not in the last three weeks’: Maurizio Sarri reveals he has not spoken to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since the humiliating loss at Manchester City
- Maurizio Sarri’s job potentially rests on Chelsea’s Europa League tie with Malmo
- Blues owner Roman Abramovich wants to be back among Europe’s elite clubs
- Sarri revealed the pair have not been in touch ahead of last-32 tie on Thursday
Head coach Maurizio Sarri says he has not spoken to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since the humiliating loss at Manchester City.
Abramovich wants to be back among Europe’s elite clubs but the Blues fear missing out on a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Maurizio Sarri says he has not spoken to Roman Abramovich since 6-0 loss at Manchester City
Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first leg at Malmo in Sweden, Sarri revealed the pair have not been in touch.
‘No, not this week – not in the last three weeks,’ he said. ‘It depends on the president, I think. I didn’t say never. The interview was Italian and in Italian I am better than you.
‘I’d like to speak to somebody in the club, not necessarily the owner. I usually speak with Marina (Granovskaia, the director) and for me it’s enough.’
Sarri’s job as Blues manager potentially rests on Chelsea’s Europa League tie with Malmo
Sarri says Chelsea have endured difficult days since Sunday’s 6-0 loss at City.
In his pre-match press conference, Sarri spoke of his desire for a reaction to the Blues’ worst loss in almost 28 years.
Sarri said: ‘Not too easy, of course. After a match like Manchester City it’s normal.
‘It’s not easy to play tomorrow after 6-0 but we have to play and we have to play well.
Ahead of Europa League last-32 first leg at Malmo, Sarri revealed pair have not been in touch
‘We want to win. We want to react immediately.’
A long dressing room debrief followed the 4-0 loss at Bournemouth and another followed at Chelsea’s training ground earlier this week.
Sarri added: ‘We talked altogether for one hour the day after the match. It’s better to work, to react on the pitch.’
Sarri has rested left back Marcos Alonso, whose form has dipped of late, while midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is out with a recurrence of his back problem.
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