Maurizio Sarri has held talks on Chelsea’s pre-season plans despite job still being under threat
- Chelsea take on Dynamo Kiev in the last-16 of the Europa League on Thursday
- Maurizio Sarri said at pre-match press conference he has spoken with the club
- The Italian said discussions centred around pre-season planning for next term
- He also dismissed speculation about his future, describing it as unimportant
Chelsea chiefs have consulted under-pressure manager Maurizio Sarri over the club’s pre-season plans despite speculation that he may not survive into the next campaign.
The club are planning a trip to Japan this summer but Sarri was unhappy last summer after flying out to Australia for a tour within four days of taking over at the club.
At Napoli, Sarri became insistent upon a highly focused and lightly marketed trip to Dimaro Folgarida, a resort in the Italian Dolomites mountains, where he ran double sessions and boosted team morale away from the frenzy of overseas fans.
Chelsea do have a commitment to visit Japan for commercial activities with shirt sponsors Yokohama Tyres but the club are likely only to play two games there before returning for a quieter European training camp.
Maurizio Sarri has revealed he has discussed pre-season planning with Chelsea chiefs
The Chelsea boss also dismissed speculation about his future, describing it as unimportant
Under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have previously had a pre-season camp in Austria which proved highly successful.
Chelsea have stuttered for form since the turn of the year, leading to fears Sarri may not even last the season but the Italian has held talks over the past fortnight with senior club staff.
But ahead of Thursday night’s round of 16 home leg against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League, Sarri revealed he has been consulted over the club’s future plans.
‘We were talking about the problem of the next pre-season,’ Sarri said. ‘So we were trying to organise in the best way the next pre-season.’
Sarri did, however, admit he is still uncertain as to whether he will remain at the club.
Recent results have appeared to give the former Napoli boss a stay of execution at the club
Jorginho scored against Fulham as the Blues came through a difficult run of fixtures
The Italian added: ‘I have said it’s not important if I’m here next season. At this moment, it’s important only the results. In this moment, only the Europa League is important. In this moment, the Dynamo Kiev is everything. I am confident otherwise I won’t be able to do my work. I have to think this [that I will be here next season] if I want to do my job in the next way.’
Sarri, whose team have struggled at times to adapt to his philosophy and was dramatically undermined at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final when his goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted, also insisted his players are not a problematic group to control.
‘Of course the situation is not easy,’ Sarri said. ‘We are in Chelsea. We need to win something. But the players are not very, very difficult to manage at all.’
Sarri did, however, warn that his team cannot go missing again in the manner of last month when they crashed to defeats against Manchester United and Manchester City. ‘Of course, as I said before, we have to improve our mentality. We cannot miss three, four matches at all.’
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