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Maurizio Sarri press conference

Sarri denies Chelsea players are ‘a tough group to manage.’

Maurizio Sarri has denied that Chelsea’s players are a ‘tough group to manage’.

The Italian had appeared to be under pressure in February after a poor run of results but an upturn in form including back-to-back wins over Tottenham and Fulham appear to have eased tensions at the club.

Chelsea currently sit two points outside the Premier League’s top four, having played a game less, and are into the last-16 of the Europa League where they will face Dynamo Kiev in the first leg on Thursday night.

Speaking ahead of the fixture against the Ukrainian side, Sarri said: ‘This is not a tough group to manage. Not at all,’

‘Of course the situation is not easy because we are at Chelsea, we need to win something, but the players are not very difficult to manager at all. Of course we have to improve our mentality because we cannot miss [playing well] in three or four matches.’

Sarri admits he is not concerned with speculation regarding his future at the club, and insists he is planning for next season.

He added: ‘It is not important if next season I will be here. At the moment it is important only the results. I am confident of course or I am not able to do my work. I have to think this [I will be here next season] if I want to do my job in the best way.’

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