Maurizio Sarri explains why he needs to keep changing the Chelsea starting XI at the moment, assesses the race for the top four, and says what makes Stamford Bridge so special…
Sarri was answering the media’s questions at Cobham this afternoon ahead of Monday night’s meeting with West Ham, and he believes that despite the Hammers’ inconsistencies this season they ‘can be very dangerous in a single match’.
The Blues will be full of confidence though after beating Brighton, making it hard for the boss to change that team at the Bridge on Monday…
‘Of course it will be difficult, but I have to consider in this moment of the season we need to change,’ Sarri said.
‘We have played 51 matches, and in the last part of the season I want 20 players completely involved in our targets.
‘I don’t know [if Callum Hudson-Odoi will start]. I have to decide who is going to play against West Ham and who is going to play against Slavia.’
Sarri doesn’t believe we need to win all our remaining league fixtures to make the top four
‘The last part of the season will be very difficult for every team. We only have to fight and think about our matches. We have to fight until the last minute of the last match, but without looking at the other results.
‘We go on the pitch with the same target, at home and away, to win. We have to play very difficult matches, especially away in the last part of the season, but we only have to do our best and play to win. Then we will see.’
Sarri was asked if it’s important Chelsea get a new stadium in the future
‘I don’t know, probably yes, but I like Stamford Bridge very much. The atmosphere is very good, the people are very close to the pitch, and I like it very much.
‘I was very happy with the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge in the last match. Our fans helped our players for 90 minutes.’
Sarri isn’t concerned by a possible transfer embargo this summer
‘I am very confident in my players. We have a lot of very good young players who are improving. If they are able to improve we will be a better team in the future. I am not worried about the market; I am confident in my players.’
The boss was also asked to comment on the racism at the Cagliari v Juventus match earlier this week
‘I was surprised this happened in Cagliari because usually in Cagliari the atmosphere in the stadium is good. Leonardo Bonucci made a mistake, but I am sure he probably wanted to say something different because I am sure Leonardo is not a racist. He made a mistake of course.
‘We can only be an example for people, but it’s very difficult to solve the problem.’