Maurizio Sarri sends warning to Chelsea FC about difficult fixtures

The Chelsea FC manager is prepared for a challenging February in four different competitions

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Maurizio Sarri is braced for a challenging February that will see Chelsea FC play Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Bournemouth last week in their final fixture in January to drop out of the top four for the first time this season.

Maurizio Sarri’s looked short on ideas in an abysmal performance that raised questions about the Italian coach’s long-term future at Chelsea FC.

However, the west London side bounced back in style on Saturday afternoon when Chelsea FC were 5-0 winners against basement club Huddersfield Town.

Gonzalo Higuain, Eden Hazard and David Luiz got on the score sheet to wrap up three points and hoist themselves back into fourth place.

The Blues will face Manchester City in their next Premier League game on Sunday before a clash against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on 18 February.

Continuing their run of difficult fixtures, Chelsea FC will take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on 24 February before finishing February with a home clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Asked about the tough fixtures following Chelsea FC’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, Sarri told his post-match news conference: “It will be very difficult, but also for our opponents.

“At the moment we have to be happy with our season because in February we are still involved in four different competitions.

“We know we have to fight to stay in the top four. Then we have to try to win something. It will be very difficult because in the Carabao Cup we had to play Liverpool and Tottenham, and now Man City, it’s like the Champions League.

“So here in England everything is very difficult. The championship is very competitive and we know now we need consistency in our performances.

“Today they were very motivated but we lost 4-0 in the last match so they had to react. Now we have to understand the level of motivation must be the same in every match.”

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