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Maurizio Sarri was signed as Chelsea manager last summer after the Blues let go of Antonio Conte for yet another Italian.
The 60-year-old struggled to ensure Chelsea finish in the top four after a season that’s been full of ups and downs for Sarri.
There were rumours that Sarri will lose his job as Chelsea manager, but the Italian is set for his second year as Chelsea manager.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of the Europa League semifinal clash against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night, Sarri admitted that the team has achieved its target of a top four finish and will aim to win the Europa League this season and then close the gap from the top two sides Manchester City and Liverpool, next season.
Sarri said: “We’ve reached the club’s target so we’re very happy with that. Now we have to play in another competition so our next target is to reach the final and then to win the final because our feeling is we deserve a trophy. It’s an important match and we have to play to win.
“We are 24 points away [from Man City] at the moment so it’s very difficult to cover this gap. We need to work and probably we need something from the market but it’s not easy because the level of the top two is very high.”
When asked his plans for next season, Sarri said: “We have spoken about pre-season but we don’t talk about the market because we don’t know if we will be able to buy players yet. The main target is not to win trophies but to improve players and we have done that with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and even older players like Ross Barkley this season.
“We’ve started our work – we had a lot of problems but in the end the work is going in the right direction.”