Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri is under huge pressure when his side will meet against Manchester City in the EFL Cup final on Sunday. Sarri said it was unusual that his team received so much criticism compared to Arsenal, who scored the same number of points in the Premier League and also reached the last 16 in the Europa League.
After a 3-0 defeat of Malmo on Thursday, Sarris’s team were reached in the last 16 in Europa League thanks to a 5-1 aggregate victory. While their arch rivals also move in last 16 with a 3-1 aggregate win over BATE Borisov.
“I do not understand why people pretend that our season is so bad and Arsenal are impressive, it’s true that there were many highs and lows, including some deep lows, but I think it’s my first season in a new league and environment, I think that’s acceptable. I’ve taken a team that finished fifth, not one that won the championship.”
In the second half, Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley, and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored for Chelsea against Malmo. However, Jorginho was booed off by the fans when he came in the 76th minute.
However, Sarri defended the Italian midfielder, saying his side’s start made it clear how much they needed him. “I think in the first 30 minutes we understood why Jorginho is so important to our team and we struggled to finish our half when we pressed. Jorginho makes it easier, I think, I hope our fans understand how very important player for us.”