EUROPA LEAGUE-Sarri on shaky ground as Chelsea challenge Arsenal for European glory


Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri declared his “love” for his players, and for English football, before possibly his last match in charge of the Blues in Wednesday’s (May 29) Europa League final against London rivals Arsenal.

Sarri, who has been booed on some occasions by fans unhappy with his style of play, declined to comment on speculation that he was about to return to a coaching job in his native Italy after just one year at Chelsea.

Under Sarri, Chelsea qualified for the Champions League next season and only lost the League Cup final on penalties to Manchester City who won all three domestic trophies, a record that Sarri stressed was a success.

But the Italian has failed to endear himself with many Chelsea fans who tired of his insistence on sticking to his game-plan, even as some heavy losses piled up in the winter.