Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he has limited the amount of training his players will do before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Sarri has opted for a single day of training in the build-up to the Wembley showpiece on Sunday and thinks that what he needs to work on is the confidence of the players following the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago.
Sarri highlighted that due to the heavy defeat at suffered against Manchester City which is still fresh in the memory of the players, the team had a nervy start to Thursday’s victory over Malmo in the Europa League.
“For 30 minutes I saw a team very worried, without confidence,” Sarri said about the Malmo game.
“I don’t want to press them, I want to keep their minds very free. We will prepare for the match only on Saturday, because I didn’t like our minds in the first 30 minutes. I want to see something more free.
“We prepare for the match in 60 minutes, no more. The quantity is not important.”
Paul Merson is backing Manchester City to beat Chelsea and is predicting a 3-0 win for Manchester City. Merson believes that if Sarri doesn’t change his tactics for the City game, Chelsea won’t stand a chance.
“I wish I could do this at 3.30pm on Sunday when I see the teams or at kick-off when I see the way Chelsea are going to set up. If they set up as they have done and play ‘Sarriball’, I would be shocked if it wasn’t at least 3-0 to Manchester City,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Good managers change, that’s what they do, you don’t just go everywhere and play the same way, especially after losing 6-0 against the same team a few weeks ago!
“If they change the way they play, you never know in a cup final.
“But look at City with the team they played at Newport in the FA Cup. Pep Guardiola is ruthless. If they are 2-0 or 3-0 ahead against Chelsea with 25 minutes left to go, then he will want to get four or five.”