- Maurizio Sarri has made a controversial Champions League claim as Chelsea prepare to battle for a top four finish
- Arsenal’s surprise defeat against Crystal Palace has thrown wide the race for the top four
- Chelsea can go third on the EPL log with a win over Burnley on Monday, April 22, at Stamford Bridge
Maurizio Sarri has reacted controversially about the importance of Europe’s premier club competition ahead of Chelsea EPL clash with Burnley.
According to Metro, failure to play in Europe affects clubs negatively as it does not help in attracting quality legs, with teams missing out another channel to generate more revenue.
The Italian stressed that despite being the world’s premier club competition the Champions League is overhyped.
The Blues must win the Europa League or finish in top-four spot in the Premier League to secure a place for next season’s Champions League.
“I think the media give the Champions League too much importance," said Sarri, who is still struggling to convince Chelsea board he is the one for the future.
“Of course it’s the most important competition for clubs. But it’s a competition with straight elimination, so we need to play very well but you need to be lucky in that competition. I can understand if you stay in the Champions League it’s another world probably.
“I have played two times in the Champions League and it’s clear that it’s the most important competition for clubs in Europe and as a consequence in the world I think.
“But it’s a competition in which you need to be lucky."
Chelsea hosts Burnley on Monday night as they continue their quest for top-four Premier League finish before facing Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals,
“At the moment we cannot choose: we have to try in the Premier League, we have to try in the Europa League,” he said.
“But we want to win the Europa League because it’s a very important competition, not for getting into the Champions League, so we have to try in the Premier League to get into the top four.
“It’s not easy for us, we have to play only four matches but we have to try.
“I think in the last four matches it will be difficult for every team involved in fighting for the top four, not only for us.
“And so we can see some very strange results in the last part of the season; we have to fight and to see at the end,” Sarri summed up.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chelsea defeated Slavia Prague 4-3 after a seven-goal thriller to progress on a 5-3 aggregate win in the reverse tie of their quarter-final clash on Thursday, April 18, at Stamford Bridge.
The encounter saw Pedro Rodriguez open scores for Chelsea after five minutes of hostilities to further increase
The Blues advantage coming into game after a 1-0 win last week. Four minutes later, Simon Deli scored an own-goal to hand the home-side a two-goal advantage, with less than 10 minutes into the match.
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