After Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie, Maurizio Sarri’s job as Chelsea manager appeared to be unsafe as Chelsea fans booed the Italian during and after the game.
Senior Chelsea board members appeared to have had a meeting and rumours claimed that Sarri was given a three-match ultimatum not to lose against Malmo, Manchester City and Tottenham. Interestingly, Chelsea showed good form to win two of those games and only lost to City on penalty kicks.
Sarri revealed in his press conference ahead of the Tottenham clash that he has a good relationship with the club, and that he isn’t expecting to lose his job.
“I spoke with Marina this week, before the final, just for good luck. I spoke to Marina after the match about the Kepa situation. My relationship with the club is like before,” Sarri said.
And now after the 2-0 win over Spurs, Sarri has insisted that his job as Chelsea manager is safe.
He said: “It depends more on you [the media] than the club. I spoke with the club two or three times in the last few days. The problem wasn’t so big as you wrote. Maybe it wasn’t the truth, I don’t know, but it’s not a big problem for me.
“In this job you are under pressure if you are lucky every six months. It’s normal if you lose two matches in a row you are under pressure, maybe more [pressure] at Chelsea.”
Chelsea were the better side against Tottenham, and Sarri was full of praise for his players and hailed the team for their aggression and defensive application after playing 120 minutes against Manchester City three days earlier.
Sarri said: “At the beginning of the match we pressed very high. We recovered 10 balls in the opposition half. Then it was difficult for us because we played 130 minutes three days ago, so the players asked me to press a little bit lower and of course I agreed. We defended very well, like in the match against Man City and in the Europa League against Malmo.
“In the last three matches we defended really very well. The level of application and attention is higher than before. The level of aggression is different now.”