Maurizio Sarri: Where I want Chelsea FC to finish this season

Maurizio Sarri has his say on Chelsea FC's Premier League targets for this season

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

Maurizio Sarri is targeting a top-four finish with Chelsea FC in the Premier League this season.

The Blues have bounced back from a difficult run of form with back to back victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham to reignite their hopes of Champions League qualification.

Chelsea FC currently find themselves in sixth place in the Premier League table, but they will move a point ahead of Manchester United and into fourth spot if they win their game in hand.

Sarri has been tasked with steering the west London club back into the Champions League after Chelsea FC ended up fifth last term under Antonio Conte.

And the Italian boss seems to feel confident that he will be able to guide his side to Champions League qualification this season.

Speaking at his post-match news conference after Chelsea FC’s 2-1 win over Fulham, Sarri said: “I will be very happy if we finish in the top four.

“I know the target of my club is to return to the Champions League. I was lucky in Naples because we went to the Champions League three times in a row for the first time in the history of the club.

“I would like very much to do the same for this club.”

He continued: “I hope Tottenham will be involved [in the top-four battle]. In that case there are two spots for four teams, which is better than one for three!

“We will see. I understand very well in England it’s very difficult to be in the top four. It’s very competitive.

“And not only the Premier League. You have to play in the FA Cup, the League Cup. Every match is very difficult. In the League Cup we played against Liverpool, twice against Tottenham, the final against City.

“Every match is very difficult, mentally very expensive, and you risk arriving at this moment of the season very tired, more mentally than physically.”

Chelsea FC will return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they host Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their last 16 clash.

The Blues will then take on Wolves at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they look to keep up their push for a top-four finish.

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