Chelsea reduced the pressure on their under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri by beating Swedish side Malmo 3-0 tonight in the Europa League at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri’s position as Chelsea boss has been the subject of intense speculation in recent days after his side lost four of their last eight games, and the Blues faithful were openly hostile towards their Italian coach during their 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday night.
However, his side got back on track tonight, with goals from Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley, and Callum Hudson-Odoi sealing safe passage to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Speaking after the game France international striker Giroud admitted his side needed the victory to boost their confidence after a tough run of results.
“We needed some confidence back and a good win, especially to reassure ourselves defensively with a clean sheet,” Giroud told BT Sport.
”We were strong defensively and ambitious up front. It was a good night, we finished the job well and now we can focus on the next game.
“We were expecting them to press us high, with a compact block in midfield, so it was difficult to find a solution but we kept playing. The manager said to play quickly, we played through the lines, then in the second half they were a bit tired.
Next up for Chelsea is the Carabao Cup final against Man City, a side they suffered a humiliating 6-0 loss to recently, although Giroud reckons his side can do well at Wembley on Sunday.
“It’s good for confidence but now we need momentum. We need to play it as a final and learn from the mistakes we made in the league against them (Manchester City). I’m sure we will do well against them.”