Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists he is not worried about taunts and abuse directed at him from Chelsea fans or his job despite the “Confusing football” his team played but is progressively worried about results after Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup loss to Manchester United.
The home side at first looked the more brilliant in the opening minutes if the game, but United before long improved and were good value for the lead when Ander Herrera headed in a Paul Pogba cross in the 31st minute to give the visitors a strong dominance.
Pogba then heads past Kepa Arrizabalaga to finish off a Marcus Rashford superb across just before half-time, and in spite of the fact that Chelsea heaped forward in the second half, they never looked like ripping at their way back.
It was Chelsea’s third loss in five matches in all competition, storing significantly more pressure on Maurizio Sarri, who was the subject of taunts and explicit serenades from a portion of the home fans.
Asked as to whether he had ever experienced anything like that previously, Sarri stated: “For everything, there is a first time.
But the Chelsea manager says he isn’t worried about the fans opinions or feel under pressure, but what matters to him is results
“No, I was worried when I was in the second division in Italy, not now,” he told reporters.
“I am worried about the result, not about the fans. I can understand the situation because the result wasn’t good.
“We are out of the FA Cup so I can understand [fan reactions]. I am worried about our results.”
Although results have been poor, there have been few media reports of player discontent at Chelsea, with most suggesting Sarri retains the backing his squad, something he also believes.
“I think so,” he said when asked if the players are behind him. “I am not sure, but I think so.
“The situation with the players is really good for their relationship, but the relationship is not so important. It’s important to play and get the results.”
Sarri is adamant he is not giving talks of pressure much thought, reiterating that he is focusing on trying to improve things rather than the threat of losing his job.
“It [being given time by Chelsea’s hierarchy] is not my problem, my problem is to work to improve in a few days, [show] more determination and aggressiveness because we conceded the second goal without that.
“It’s very easy [to improve the mood]. If we can win three or four matches in a row, it will be easy. It’s difficult to win five in a row.”
Chelsea face Malmo in the second leg of their Europa League tie at Stamford Bridge on Thursday before going up against City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, a string of fixture that might decide the fate of the Italian boss at Stamford Bridge