Chelsea boss Sarri says Victory can save season

Chelsea boss Sarri says Victory can save season

Chelsea boss Sarri says Victory can save season


Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea's crucial 2-0 win over Tottenham can save their season after his decision to drop Wembley rebel Kepa Arrizabalaga paid off on Wednesday.
Chelsea manager Sarri fights to avoid sack after a turbulent first season in charge, Pedro's second-half strike and a an own goal from Kieran Trippier were a much-needed boost for Sarri.

After keeper Kepa rebellious refusal to be substituted during Sunday's League Cup final has caused an astonishing meltdown from the Italian when he refused to be substituted during Sunday's.

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Chelsea still remain in sixth place – three points outside the top four – but there is now a little hope for Sarri after a difficult period with Arsenal and Manchester United both winning on Wednesday.
Asked if the result could be a springboard for a positive end to the season, Sarri said: "We hope so. Most important we need the consistency of performances and results.

"It was really very important because we are fighting for the top four."
Sarri revealed Kepa would still be his first choice goalkeeper going forward and he insisted he was never concerned about the mounting sense of crisis around his club.
"The problem wasn't so big as you write. In this job you are under pressure every day, or if you are lucky every six weeks," he said.
Successive defeats at Burnley and now against their bitter London rivals have left third placed Tottenham's title bid in tatters.

"When the performance is not good enough it's because of us. We didn't compete at our best," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
"Two defeats in a few days is disappointing. It impossible to fight Man City and Liverpool now.
"But it's a moment to be calm. I'm not going to change my assessment of the players."

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