Sarri so confident he will stay at Chelsea he's started planning for next season

Head coach Sarri is seeing a remarkable turnaround in fortunes on the pitch from a low point last month where his team was pummelled 6-0 by Manchester City prompting rumours of the sack.

Sarri remains on shaky ground as revitalised Chelsea juggle two balls trying to finish fourth and win the Europa League to guarantee a return to the Champions League next season – with or without the boss.

Sarri said: “I am confident otherwise I won’t be able to do my work. I have to think this if I want to do my job in the next way.

“We were talking about the problem of the next pre-season. So we were trying to organise in the best way the next pre-season.

“I want to win for the team, for the club, not for me. It’s not important. I’m confident. I was confident in the past, and I am confident now of course. But I want to think only to our performances and our results.

Nothing else.

“I think we can gain the spot in the Champions League in the Premier League. We are fighting. We are only two points away, at the moment, and have to play one match in hand.

“But the Europa League is a very important competition, the second in Europe, an important trophy with a spot for the Champions League. So it’s a very important target for us.


FEEL THE BURN Luiz working with Drogba's former personal trainer to keep in shape


“We are lucky and have no injuries. We have some players very tired because the last week was really very hard for us. We started with 130 minutes in the final, so it was really very hard. We need to consider the situation very well and rest some players.”

Chelsea are already signing up to two pre-season games in Japan and a possible training camp in Europe. This is Sarri’s preference to keep the players closer to home and play one or two games against more familiar opposition.

Sarri was not able to get a full pre-season training regime with his squad because he joined on the back of last summer’s World Cup with all the staggered returns of his star men.

He has a fully fit squad for the visit of Dinamo Kiev tonight to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea favourites to go through to the quarter finals as their last chance to win some silverware.

Sarri fears the season and lack of preparation for it is taking its toll on his players with fatigue setting in.

Defender David Luiz expects to be restored to the starting line up after sitting out last Sunday’s 2-1 win over Fulham.

He insists Sarri has remained true to character throughout Chelsea’s substantial blip in form and is right behind the manager’s style of play.

Luiz said: “He’s a great human with love and passion for football, loving with people and trying to help everyone, giving the best advice. When you lose a game, like we did in Manchester, no one is going to be happy and coming here joking around.

“He’s a real person, and real people have feelings good and bad.

“In the first three or four months everyone was saying how well Chelsea had adapted to Maurizio. We forget that now, saying no one has adapted. It’s football.

“We are trying to adapt in every situation. We lived a few weeks of difficult moments and the players adapted very well. The manager adapted very well, the club adapted very well. It was the decision of the club to change the style of football.

“For many years people said Chelsea were winning but never controlled the game. Now we control the game and people say we don’t win. It’s about what we really believe.”

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