With bragging rights shattered with a failed title defence and the gloom of Antonio Conte’s reign at Chelsea, the least every Chelsea fan expected was Champions League football. But painful draws against West Ham United and Huddersfield and the heart-piercing defeats against Bournemouth, Watford and Spurs made Europe’s top competition a bridge too far for the club. Our best last season got us Europa League football – a competition derided by many fans and coaches. But can Chelsea and Sarri find it meaningful? Yes
Here are 3 reasons why:
LIFELINE ROUTE TO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL NEXT SEASON:
The revised structure of the Europa league which allows the winner to automatically qualify for the Champions League is a no-brainer. In effect, it has made the competition worth playing for and more competitive for teams. At least, if a club fails to qualify for the Champions League via its domestic route, then winning it can guarantee the club doesn’t miss out on the Champions League the subsequent season. Chelsea and Sarri can take advantage of this by making a serious challenge to win it. It might turn out to be a lifeline for the club come the end of the season if the domestic front proves to be just beyond us for domestic qualification.
SARRI AND CHELSEA CAN WIN SILVERWARE:
The major blot in Sarri’s managerial career is the fact that he is yet to win any silverware. The Chelsea’s Europa League campaign can provide the Italian with the chance to change this. Unfortunately for him, during his time at Napoli, the Italian side was more obsessed with winning the Scudetto than any other competition. For Chelsea, it will be another opportunity to add to the trophy collection at Stamford Bridge.
OFFER PLAYING CHANCES TO BACKUP PLAYERS:
Another real deal about the Europa League is that it will present Sarri with the chance to offer playing chances to his backup players. More so, it will also be used to give young players like Callum-Hodson Odoi, Ethan Ampadu and many others a chance in order to aid their developments.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!