Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League game against Bournemouth on Wednesday, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed his happy with Chelsea’s season so far because the Blues are only one of the two teams in Europe still involved in four different competitions.
Victories over Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday on Thursday and Sunday means the Blues are have a Carabao Cup final to play against Manchester City and a fifth round FA Cup tie against Manchester United next month. Chelsea are also through to the knockout stage of the Europa League.
When asked about the state of Chelsea’s season in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Sarri said: “We are fighting.
“In Europe at the moment there are only two teams involved in four different competitions. I am very happy with this. We have to play a very difficult final, a very difficult match in the FA Cup, and we have to fight in the Premier League.
“We showed we are able to react to a difficulty. Now we need to show continuity in our approach to matches, when we have to manage a match. The last two matches were very good, but now we need to show continuity.
“When I look at the numbers, we have a very good physical performance in quantity and quality,’ he added.
“Of course it depends on the mental condition. When we have very high levels of motivation, we have better numbers in our physical performance.
“At the moment it’s going well, but I don’t know why, because we had a very unusual pre-season. I have to say the numbers are really very good.”
Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi reportedly submitted a transfer request on Saturday to force a move to Bayern Munich, who have publicly courted the player but Sarri insists the player will remain at Chelsea while hailing the youngster as the future of Chelsea football club.
“The club told me in this window he will remain with us for sure, and very probably also in the next,” said Sarri. “I am very happy with this.
“I don’t have the power to sign new contracts here. On the pitch I am really very happy with him. He is improving. He will be the future of our club, and the future of English future.
“I am not frustrated. As I said before, on the pitch he is doing very well, in training and in matches. I am very happy with him, I’m not very happy with the situation, of course, but I know very well every big team here in England has the same problem.
“It’s not easy to keep these young players.
“He is of course one of the best 18-year-olds in Europe, so it’s very difficult, but the club told me he is out of the market for sure [now], and probably he will be out of the market in July.
“I don’t know if he is happy with that, but I can say what I see on the pitch. And on the pitch at the moment he is fantastic.”