Ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League last-32 tie against Malmo at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed three Chelsea players will be unavailable for the match.
Speaking ahead of the game against Malmo, Sarri confirmed Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta and Chelsea forward Pedro would be unavailable for the game.
“We have some problems – Zappacosta has a fever, Pedro has a stomach ache and then we have a problem with Kepa and his hamstring,” Sarri said.
“I hope he will be okay for Sunday.”
Kepa will be replaced by Willy Caballero for the game against Malmo and there are fears the goalkeeper could miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Sarri would be hoping for a positive result against Malmo after Chelsea were dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday night.
During the FA Cup loss to Manchester United, Chelsea fans turned on Sarri and booed his substitutions. Fans chanted ‘F*** Sarri-ball’ and ‘You don’t know what you are doing’ during the game against Manchester United.
Sarri believes he can win back the trust of Chelsea fans if the team wins three or four games in a row.
“As I said before, it’s very easy – we need to win three or four matches in a row. That’s the only solution,” Sarri said as he revealed his plans to win back the trust of Chelsea fans.
“I can understand very well the frustrations of our fans because they are used to winning and now we are in trouble so I can understand very well.
“There isn’t another way, we have to have good performances and results.”
Chelsea have failed to win back-to-back games this month.
Asked if he believes Chelsea can win three or four games in a row, Sarri replied: “In this moment it is very difficult to think we are able to win three or four matches in a row, but in football everything can change in one day.
“I think we need a good performance and result and then with more confidence we can.”