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Chelsea vs Videoton – Sarri’s press match conference alongside Barkley

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Sarri on EL: “I think the Europa League is a very important competition, so we have to play very well tomorrow. We play against a good team” #cfc

Sarri: “It’s very important for me to play a European game at Stamford Bridge” #cfc

Sarri downplays the idea that Europa League exertions contributed to Chelsea’s goalless draw with West Ham #cfc

Sarri says Chelsea need to “change some players” vs Vidi because they spent a lot of energy in two games vs Liverpool #cfc

Sarri: “At the moment it’s more important for my club to be in the Champions League, but I want to arrive at the end in Europa League” #cfc

Sarri says Pedro & Loftus-Cheek are “doing better” & he hopes to have every player available for tomorrow’s game #cfc

Sarri asked if Chelsea are EL favourites: “I don’t know. Europa League is a very unusual competition because we don’t know all the names of the opponents – in the second round will arrive eight teams from the Champions League” #cfc

Sarri asked why teams find it harder to balance EL with domestic football than CL: “In the CL you have 80 hours before the next match, but in the EL – especially in England – you only have 60, 64 hours” #cfc

Sarri asked if EL offers his best chance of a trophy: “In Italy it’s not very easy to win a trophy. In the last seven years only Juventus did” #cfc

Sarri says Loftus-Cheek is in better physical condition & tomorrow is a good opportunity to get a proper look at him #cfc

Sarri on the captaincy question. He says he’s going to talk with the club early next week before announcing his decision #cfc

Sarri on Loftus-Cheek: “It’s normal for a player to have pressure from the club, from the newspapers, TV, from the manager… he needs to get used to this pressure” #cfc

Sarri backs Barkley to make the next England squad but says he can still improve more. Adds that he’s getting enough game time to merit a call-up #cfc

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Barkley on England chances: “I’m playing a big role in the side & I believe my performances show I’m capable of being in the England squad” #cfc

Barkley says he’s being coached more by Sarri than anyone he’s worked under before. He adds he feels more ready to understand the Italian’s ideas now he’s older and more mature as a player #cfc

Barkley says “it’s only natural” that he’d be frustrated if he missed out on the next England squad to a player getting fewer club mins than him #cfc

Barkley on Sarri: “You only have to be around the gaffer for half an hour to understand how intelligent he is” #cfc

Barkley admits he’s thought this season that if he’d met a coach like Sarri earlier in his career he’d probably be a better player now #cfc


Liam Twomey

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