Jorginho needs Chelsea team-mates to adapt to my style, says Maurizio Sarri

06 March, 2019, 14:44 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Sarri was reportedly on the brink of being sacked

Winning manager Maurizio Sarri said his players were forced to hang on in the final quarter and put the Blues' inability to kill the game off down to fatigue.

Gonzalo HIGUAIN scored the opening goal for Chelsea in their 2-1 win against Fulham. It's not easy. We have to fight until the last minute of the last match [against Tottenham].

"Kepa was honest with us and he apologised to all of us the day after the final and we all accepted that apology". There wasn't another way but I think that Kepa is a man.

A late missed penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Wembley ensured the crunch tie between Arsenal and Tottenham finished as a draw, meaning a Chelsea victory at Craven Cottage would close the gap to their top four rivals.

A hard few months at Stamford Bridge has seen Jorginho face criticism for his performances, with some pundits questioning if the midfielder is cut out for the Premier League. Both lost two points.

'I think that in the first 30 minutes, we understood why Jorginho is very important for our play, ' he said after Chelsea booked their place in the Europa League last 16.

Vital wins over Tottenham and Fulham have kept Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish and given Sarri a little breathing space
Vital wins over Tottenham and Fulham have kept Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish and given Sarri a little breathing space

Speaking in an interview with bwin, Pires said: "It's a very unusual situation with Chelsea and how they treat their managers. He understood and reacted really very well".

However, Sarri claimed that Chelsea's disappointing first-half display versus Malmo proved just how valuable Jorginho is to the team as a whole.

As things stand, only four teams from England will qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season which logically would mean that the top-four sides on the EPL table book that spot. 'So I can believe that he has no problem to play under pressure.

Hosts Fulham are in grave relegation danger and sacked Claudio Ranieri after a 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Wednesday extended their losing streak to four games.

Asked if he could have left Kepa on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, Sarri replied: "Considering the man, no - because I know him very well". He made a mistake on a misunderstanding, but now it's enough.

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