Chelsea are still in the running to win three competitions this season – the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League.
Chelsea will be away at Malmo on Thursday night for the first leg of the second round clash against the Swedish side. After that clash, the Blues will host Manchester United at Stamford for a fifth round FA Cup tie, and Chelsea also have a League Cup final against Manchester City later this month.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that the Europa League clash against Malmo is the most important game at the moment for his side, hinting that the next game for him is always the most important game.
“Tomorrow is the most important,” Sarri said. “Then on Monday, the FA Cup will be the most important. Then we have to play the final of the League Cup, so that will be most important. Then the Premier League will be most important.
“We need to have short-term targets. Tomorrow the target is to have a good result. On Monday, the target will be to get to the quarter-final, then to win the League Cup. It’s very strange to say it after a 6-0, but we want to win.
“Then the Premier League will be the target. We need targets in the short term, and then we need a dream in the long term.”
Sarri has come under fire since the 6-0 defeat Chelsea suffered against Manchester City, the worst the Blues have suffered in the history of the Premier League.
Sarri-ball is being criticised, and many have called the Italian to change his tactics or he may lose his job.
Despite the bad defeat to City, Sarri still insists that Sarri-ball can work at Chelsea.
Asked whether the humiliating loss to Manchester City and other recent losses to Bournemouth and Arsenal make him doubt his style of football can ever work at Chelsea, Sarri said: “No, because today I did not see my football.
“No, because at the beginning it worked so now we need only to understand the reason why at the moment it is not working.
“It is not easy. In the beginning we played better away than at home, now we play better at home than away, something has changed.
“At the moment I am not able to see the reason but I have to work for this, because my target is to play my football, it is not to change to another football. At the moment we are playing another football.”