Maurizio Sarri refuses to call the Europa League Final decisive for Chelsea’s season. “One game cannot change the way a club should evaluate its Coach.”
The target for the Juventus job will be on the Chelsea bench against Arsenal in the Europa League Final in Baku tomorrow evening.
Sarri spoke to Sky Sport Italia and was asked what he would’ve said if a few years ago someone had told him he’d be preparing for a Europa League Final.
“I’d have said that I wanted the Champions League Final. One must never put limits on dreams or ambitions.
“I’ve always said one game cannot change my view of these players, nor the way a club should evaluate its Coach. So no, I would not give anything up for a victory in this Final. That is absolutely not my approach.
“It is a very important game that could transform this from a good season to an extraordinary one. We know Arsenal are very dangerous on the counter-attack, so it’s a delicate game and we have a few too many injuries, but the feeling is that mentally we are arriving in the right way.”
The main question marks over his line-up are around midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has a slight knee problem.
“Kante had a very small sprain to his knee during training and the problem is one of timing, as there were only four or five days to get ready.
“We’ll try to the last second to recover him for at least a portion of the game, because we are numerically a bit tight in midfield, but at this moment we have no guarantees.”