Maurizio Sarri says he relishes the pressure that comes with his job and he will remain true to his beliefs as he seeks to get the best out of his players.
The midweek loss at Bournemouth was arguably the low point of our season so far, and in the days since there has been discussion between the players and management, as well as among the fans and the media, as to how our inconsistency can be rectified.
But there is one thing that Sarri insists won’t change.
'If I believe the organisation in a team is everything, I cannot change my mind,' he said
‘If I am a dreamer I am a dreamer. If I have fun with my football, I want to play my football. I want to remain the same man.
‘My job is always at risk,' he added. 'I love my job because of this. I thrive on pressure. I know very well the rules: my job is always at risk. You can win against Man City, but after three days you are at risk.’
Sarri firmly believes that if he is able to change his players’ mentality, they are ‘very suitable’ for his footballing philosophy.
The frequency with which we have played matches since his arrival has made doing concentrated work on the training pitch difficult, however.
‘We have tried to work with videos, but it’s a long way [from the pitch]. We are trying to change something during training, but we have little time.
‘First of all we worked on how to build up the action; now we are working on the last 30 metres, but the time is really little.’
Regarding today’s match against Huddersfield, when anything other than a defeat will move us back into the top four ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City tomorrow, Sarri provided an injury update.
‘We only have one problem. Not a serious one, but I don’t know if Rudiger will be able to play. He has a little problem in his knee. I have to speak to the doctor. The situation was 50/50.’
- Due to reasons outside the club’s control, unfortunately we have had to cancel the Megastore poster event planned before Saturday’s match against Huddersfield Town. We apologise to all those supporters affected, and hope to be able to reschedule at a future game.