Maurizio Sarri gave his assessment on his first season in English football in the aftermath of our final Premier League game away at Leicester City, claiming it had been a ‘very good’ campaign but urging one last push from his players in the Europa League final to add silverware to a top-three league finish.
The Blues secured third with a goalless draw in the Midlands, a result that proved enough due to Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at home to Everton. It means only Manchester City, the champions, and Liverpool end the campaign above us and Sarri reflected on the past nine months of work in his post-match press conference.
‘The season was very difficult for us but at the end we are happy,’ he admitted. ‘We were in trouble three months ago but we reacted very well.
‘We have finished in third position, we reached the target of the club to get back in the Champions League and we played a final against Manchester City in the League Cup after beating Liverpool and Tottenham, the two Champions League finalists.
‘Now we have to play a very important match in the Europa League final. Right now the season is very good but hopefully it can become wonderful.’
Sarri then offered words of support to another Premier League boss after the day’s events saw the Premier League title won by Manchester City.
‘Every match in England is difficult and so competitive because the Premier League is the best in the world. It’s why I think now of [Jurgen] Klopp because to get 96 points in this league without winning it is very difficult.
'I thought I was unlucky last season finishing second with 91 points so I can understand how he is feeling.’
Eden Hazard was serenaded by the Chelsea supporters throughout the afternoon and Sarri was asked once again whether he believed the Belgian would remain at Stamford Bridge next term.
‘Eden has played seven years in England and done very well. He has become one of the best players in the world but we have to respect him and his decision. I hope like every Chelsea fan that he will remain with us.’