Maurizio Sarri is hoping Chelsea can overcome the pressure after Manchester City 6-0 defeat, as they head for a Europa League tie against Malmö on Thursday.
The 60-year-old manager is under immense pressure, with his job now at stake after seeing the West London blues to two heavy defeats in the past three matches. A 4-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth, and a 6-0 decimation to Manchetser City barely two weeks later.
In the wake of Chelsea’s Europa League fixture against Malmö, Sarri believes lifting the League cup is still very a possibility, but says Chelsea need “short-term targets” first.
“We need short-term targets, and then a dream in the long-term,” Sarri said.
“It’s not easy to play after a 6-0, but we have to play and we have to play well. We want to win and react immediately.
“On Monday, the target will be to get into the quarter-finals. Then to win the League Cup. It’s very strange to say it after a 6-0, but we want to win.”
However, reports elsewhere has suggested Sarri’s game against Malmö could very well be his last, should the italian manager fail to progress from the Europa League last-32 tie against Malmö.