Chelsea win against Malmö gives Maurizio Sarri some breathing space

Chelsea wouldn't back Zinedine Zidane in the transfer market as well as some clubs- Hislop

Chelsea wouldn't back Zinedine Zidane in the transfer market as well as some clubs- Hislop

These players are playing for a start in a cup final at Wembley on Sunday, yet nobody looks as though they can be bothered to play for the manager. He had played just 19 minutes in the meantime and, having been left on the bench by Sarri in favour of Davide Zappacosta when his side were desperately chasing the game against United, the youth team product has become the poster boy for the disaffected among Chelsea's support base in recent weeks.

Chelsea fans have turned on Sarri recently following humiliating 4-0 and 6-0 defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City respectively in the Premier League while during the 2-0 FA Cup loss to Manchester United on Monday night, some fans chanted 'f*** Sarri-ball'.

Sarri has introduced training on a match day, with Germany defender Rudiger downplaying the physical effects of the additional session, while admitting to the psychological challenge. They played only 15, 16 balls in our box and scored two goals, so we have to solve this problem, probably a problem of aggression and determination in both boxes.

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Morata, who replaced Costa on 58 minutes, appeared to have headed Atletico in front against his old team but a VAR call disallowed the goal.

Rudiger insists Chelsea can not look beyond Malmo - the Blues hold a 2-1 first-leg advantage in their last-32 tie - but admits Sarri's Chelsea face a day of reckoning at Wembley on Sunday. "Of course, sometimes, it gets mental, but at the end of the day you have to do your job".

"As you know very well, it's not very easy because we have no time", said the Italian. That will show the truth. Granovskaia also has the final say on player recruitment and managerial appointments, meaning many have questioned her decision to employ Sarri and a host of other underperforming players. You want to win.

"In this moment it's very hard to think we can win three or four matches in a row, but in football everything can change in one day".

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