Chelsea have a slim advantage heading into tonight’s Europa League clash against Malmo.
The Blues won the first leg against the Swedish side 2-1 away from home and will now host Malmo at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night for the second leg of the round of 32 Europa League clash.
Malmo boss Uwe Rosler had warned under-fire Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri ahead of the first leg that his side weren’t afraid of Chelsea.
Rosler said: “They started the season in an impressive manner. Obviously the results lately have not been to the standard of Chelsea. When you are at that level with the squad they have at their disposal, criticism and unhappiness come to the surface. Chelsea is not an easy club to manage.
“I think we will get opportunities. I have seen there are areas we can cause them problems.
“The odds are against us. The odds are £18m turnover to 450m turnover. But who thought Leicester would win the Premier League? The stadium will be cooking.
“Everyone is looking forward to this game, and we have been speaking about it for six weeks.”
And now, ahead of the second leg, although Rosler sympathises with Sarri’s current predicament, he is looking for his team to compound our recent woes in tonight’s Europa League clash at Stamford Bridge.
“At a club like Chelsea the pressure is always on. It’s all about results,” said the former Brentford and Leeds United manager.
“He has to live with the pressure, like we all do. Not tomorrow, but in general, I wish he comes through this difficult period and will continue.”
Malmo must now score at least two goals at the Bridge to have any chance of advancing to the second round, but Rosler is confident that his team can turn things around in London.
“The goal (in the first leg) made the game really interesting for us. I know we need to score, but we can. So, see what happens,” the German added.
“We’re focusing on us. It doesn’t matter who starts for them tomorrow. We have a game plan.
“It’s very, very difficult (but) it is possible tomorrow to get a positive result.”