Maurizio Sarri has said that Chelsea’s success will not be dependent on Champions League qualification.
Asked if it would be a failure for Chelsea to miss out on next season’s Champions League, Sarri said: “No. No, we played a final. We lost the final on penalties. We are in the semi-final in the Europa League. We are fighting for the top four. So the season, at the moment, is good.”
“Of course we have two very, very strong targets: we want the top four in the Premier League and, at the moment, we want to go to the final of the Europa League.
“If we are able to get to the final, then we will want to win the final. And so I think the season is, at the moment, good. Of course, a very difficult season.”
“We lost in the wrong way two or three matches, so the feeling, sometimes, is worse,” he added.
“I think for this reason because we lost two or three matches in the wrong way, in a very wrong way, without fighting.
“But if you look at the season, we are doing well, I think.
“Of course, it’s only the first step. We need to improve more. We need to become competitive for the top. The first step, though, is good.”