SARRI EXPLAINS WHY HE THINKS HIS FIRST SEASON AT CHELSEA HAS BEEN A SUCCESS

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes his first season at Stamford Bridge as been a success so far.

Chelsea head into this weekend in fourth place and with a Europa League semi-final tie against Eintracht Frankfurt around the corner.

Chelsea’s performances under Sarri has been questioned this season with several fans calling for the club to sack the Italian but Sarri insists Chelsea are doing well.

“We played a final, we lost a final on penalties, we are in the semi-finals of the Europa League, and we are fighting for the top four,” Sarri said.

“The season at the moment is good. Of course we have two very, very strong targets. We want the top four in the Premier League, and at the moment we want to go to the final of the Europa League. If we get to the final we want to win it.

“Of course it’s been a very difficult season. We have lost two or three matches in a very bad way, so the feeling sometimes is worse for this reason. But if you look at the season we are doing well I think. It’s only the first step. We need to improve more. We need to become competitive for the top. But the first step is good.”

Sarri also talked about Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge and the Italian doesn’t believe his team is being affected by the pressure of finishing in the top four.

“We were able to fight during the match. During the second half we were not physically brilliant like in the first half, but it was the same for all the other teams who played during the week,” Sarri added.

“When you are able to score two goals in a match after a European match, you have to win. We conceded two very stupid goals on Monday. We paid at the end of the match. But we realised the importance of the match because we were able to fight for 90 minutes.”

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