Maurizio Sarri opens up on Chelsea future as talks planned after big Arsenal fixture
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted the result could determine whether the Europa League final becomes the most pivotal match of his managerial career.
Despite the fact Sarri has done what he was appointed to do last summer and get Chelsea back inside the top four and Champions League football for next season, and the fact that he has reached two finals this season, there has been a lot of speculation in the media that he is on his way out of the club.
Owner Roman Abramovic has not been impressed with the Italians tactics and playing style, with Sarri failing to bring the exciting style of play that made him such an attractive boss to watch during his spell with Napoli.
That has led to speculation in the media that Chelsea will indeed get rid of the Italian in the coming weeks if he fails to deliver the Europa League cup, with the likes of Max Allegri Javi Gracia and legendary midfielder Frank Lampard all linked with a return back to the club.
And amid the speculation, the former Napoli coach pledged to ignore rumours linking him with a summer move to Juventus, but has admitted that the result against Arsenal could determine his future at the club.
“I want to think only to the final of course, then I have a contract with Chelsea for two years,” Sarri said.
“So first of all I will speak with Chelsea, but this is not the moment. Now we have only to think to the final.”
If reports are true and Sarri has agreed a move to Juventus, then it will be a big loss to the Premier League as he is one of the very best coaches in Europe right now, and if he picks up that Europa League title and then gets sacked, it will be a big mistake from the Blues hierarchy.
But it will be interesting to see if legend Frank Lampard does replace the Italian as all indications suggest that he the man that owner Roman Abramovic wants.