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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists he is proud of his players despite Chelsea’s League Cup final loss to Manchester City on penalties.

Following the 6-0 loss to Manchester City and 2-0 FA Cup loss to Manchester United, there were rumours the Italian had lost the backing of his players with the club set to sack him but Sarri insisted after the loss to Manchester City that he was sure he had the backing of his players.

On whether he has his squad’s backing, Sarri added: “After this match I have to say that I’m sure. Because they played exactly what I asked. Today I am proud of my players… I am really very happy.

“I think in the last 3 matches we are improving, we have improved a lot. Today we showed to everyone that we could become a very solid team, because we conceded nothing to the opponents, against Man City that is not easy.”

Chelsea had employed a high press in our games this season but Sarri admitted after the game against Manchester City that he asked the players not to press high.

“We decided not to press very high. In every goal kick we decided to wait 20 metres lower,” Sarri said. “I think we conceded nothing to the best team in Europe.”

Sarri wasn’t happy with the linesman decision to flag Eden Hazard offside after he was put through on goal by Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the second half. According to Sarri, the linesman had to wait since there is VAR.

“It was a mistake because if there is VAR you have to wait, especially in that situation as it wasn’t clear,” Sarri said. “It’s a mistake.

“I don’t know if the position of Hazard was onside or offside. The feeling from the bench is onside.”

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted after the game that Chelsea are one of the toughest teams he has faced in his career.

“It was a tight game,” Guardiola said after the game. “Chelsea pressed and defended well.

“They are one of the toughest teams I’ve faced in my career. We could lose after the injuries we had in the game.”

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