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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes people give the Champions League too much importance.
According to Sarri, the Premier League is difficult compared to the Champions League. Sarri believes luck is needed to win the Champions League.
Sarri questioned whether going far in the Europe’s elite competition is a true measure of success.
“People give the Champions League too much importance. Of course it is the most important competition for clubs, but now it is one with straight elimination. The ball goes in off a post or out and you qualify or are eliminated,” Sarri said.
“You need to play very well, but you need to be lucky in that competition. It’s clear it’s the most important competition for clubs in the world – but it’s a competition where you need to be lucky.”
Sarri added: “The Premier League is very difficult. To get to the final of the League Cup we had to play Liverpool, Tottenham, and then Manchester City in the final.
“It is easier to get to the final of the Champions League.”
A victory for Chelsea against Burnley later today will see the Blues leapfrog Tottenham and Arsenal into third. Chelsea also face Frankfurt in the Europa League semifinal.
Sarri is determined to ensure Chelsea finish in the top four and also win the Europa League.
“We have to try in the Premier League, we have to try in the Europa League. But we want to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition in itself, not just because of going in the Champions League,” Sarri added.
“We have to try to get into the top four. It’s not easy because we only have four matches left.
“The last four five or five matches will be difficult for every team involved. We might see some very strange results in the last part of the season. But we are going to fight to the end.”