The boss looks ahead to Sunday’s game which comes so soon after extra-time against Eintracht…
As well as the pride that comes with winning any Premier League fixture, tomorrow’s match will decide whether Chelsea can guarantee ourselves to finish third, where we currently sit one point above Tottenham, or possibly drop to fourth. And it is a victory over Spurs earlier in the season that gives a reason to be optimistic, despite the draining effect of Thursday night’s Europa League success.
The Blues played 120 minutes of football against Frankfurt before spot-kicks sorted out that tie, and it will need a big effort to be at our best so soon this weekend, but Maurizio Sarri is looking back to the end of February.
‘For sure it will be very difficult on Sunday,’ Sarri said. ‘It will be difficult not only physically but also mentally because it is not easy to recover from a match like Thursday. Physically I think we can recover even if not 100 per cent, but mentally it is more difficult.
‘But we need to consider that our best match in my opinion was here at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham, three days after 120 minutes in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. Of course now it is more difficult because we have played 61 matches.’
There are now just two competitive fixtures left and if the Blues were to add silverware from the Europa League to our Champions League qualification, just how good a season will it have been?
‘I think the season is really very good because we have reached two finals and we have finished in the top four,’ states Sarri. ‘Of course in a final you need to be lucky. It is important to arrive in a final but now we want to win and if we are able to win a trophy, after the top-four finish, we have finished the season in a very strong way.’