Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes he can transform the Blues into Premier League title contenders in the near future and insists lifting silverware is the only long-term solution to appeasing Chelsea fans who want him sacked.
Sarri has endured a difficult first season in English football and despite his struggles, the Italian believes the players are struggling to implement his style of play, rather than there being flaws in his tactics.
“I know only one way (of satisfying supporters) – we have to win matches. We have to try to win a trophy. I know only this way,” Sarri said.
“I think that, in the future, we will be able to fight for the top.
“At the moment, we are not playing our football very well.
“We need to improve playing our way of football. So we are trying to do this, but it’s not easy.
“It’s not easy, especially in the first season because we started to work only in the middle of July. At the beginning of August, we played the first official match.’
Asked if he would alter his approach to games, he replied: “No, because I need to believe in what I do. Otherwise, for me, it’s impossible for me to pass my ideas to the players.”
Sarri believes Chelsea fans are calling for his sack because they have been used to success since Roman Abramovich took control of the club in 2003.
“Probably, in the last seasons, they were used to winning. So probably they thought that it was normal to continue to win,” Sarri said. “But it’s not normal.
“I think that the other teams, in the last seasons, have improved a lot from all points of view.
“So now, the Premier League is really, really very difficult, also for a big club like Chelsea.”
Sarri remains optimistic that Chelsea would finish in the top four this season.
“We have the chance to take our target. We can arrive at the end of the season in the top four,” Sarri added.
“We can try to take the final in the Europa League. And so, at the end, our season can become a very good season.”