WHICH SHOULD CHELSEA FOCUS MORE ON – PREMIER LEAGUE OR EUROPA LEAGUE?

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Chelsea are left in only two competitions having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in the fifth round tie, before losing to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final also in February.

Chelsea are currently outside of the top four, with a point behind Arsenal and two points behind Manchester United – albeit with a game in hand.

Chelsea have two routes to go to the Champions League next season, either by finishing at least fourth or winning the Europa League, and one would wonder which competition Maurizio Sarri will prioritise.

David Luiz has revealed that the team is taking both competitions serious and will fight till the end in both competitions.

He told the media ahead of the home game against Dynamo Kyiv in the Carabao Cup: “We have two opportunities so we will try in both until the end. The victory against Tottenham puts us in the fight in the league, four teams going for two places, and we still have the opportunity to win the Europa League so we have two opportunities and we need to fight until the end.

“We have to be intelligent to understand the moments and this is what we’re trying to do.

“It’s never easy to win this competition so we have to think step by step. It’s an opportunity for everybody to play and try to do our best. Every player has the opportunity to play in this big competition and to win this title.”

Chelsea’s form has improved of recent and the Blues’ hopes of finishing in the top four has increased. However, the Brazilian has insisted that only a little change has been made by the manager.

He said: “Our style hasn’t changed. We have just adapted some moments in the game, like the high defensive line and whether to press high or not because in some moments you can stabilise the team and defend for a few minutes to get back some oxygen and then try to play our game. Everyone knows our philosophy is to build from the back, try to control the game and this hasn’t changed.

“We have to use our memories from the first three months [of the season] when everyone was saying how Chelsea have adapted very well to Maurizio. People have forgotten that already and now everyone says nobody has adapted.

“It was a decision of the club to change the style of football because for many years people used to say Chelsea were winning but never controlled the game. Now we control the game but sometimes don’t win and everybody says Chelsea controlled the game but didn’t win. In the end it’s about what you really believe and every player believes in the manager’s philosophy and is trying to work 100 per cent to achieve the results.”

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