Ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal next Wednesday, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Arsenal may be more motivated than Chelsea as the Gunners must win the Europa League to ensure they play Champions League football next season.
Unlike Arsenal, Chelsea have already secured Champions League football for next season after finishing 3rd in the Premier League.
Asked whether Arsenal would be the more motivated of the two sides, Sarri replied: “It’s a risk of course.
“We risk having less motivation than the opponents but you have to consider the pressure, and they have more pressure on them.
“There is a positive side and a negative side.
“We didn’t want to play this final for a Champions League place. We wanted the Champions League through the Premier League. Then we wanted to win a trophy. So the final is very important for us.
“We aren’t playing for Champions League, but we feel we deserve to win a trophy.”
Sarri also threatened to leave Chelsea with immediate effect if his work is going to be judged only on the outcome of the Europa League final against Arsenal.
“If the situation is like this I want to go immediately,” Sarri added. “You cannot do 10 months of work and then I have to play for everything in 90 minutes.
“It’s not right. It’s not the right way. You’re either happy about my work or you’re not happy.”