Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that he was ‘happy’ to see his side get back on track with a win in the Europa League.
The Blues defeated Swedish outfit Malmo 2-1 in the first leg of their round of 32 tie in Europe’s secondary competition, with goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud either side of the half time interval.
Anders Christiansen blotted Chelsea‘s page with an 80th minute consolation, but the London side were still able to come away from the Swedbank Stadion, remarkably, with their first away win of the calendar year.
After the game, Sarri said that was satisfied with his side’s performance, especially as the result should give him some breathing room following recent rumours that he could be replaced as manager.
“I think we played a good match again a team who are very physical. We were scared a bit on set-pieces. We were in control of the match and we deserved to win with more goals,” Sarri told BT Sport.
“I am happy because we played with confidence and it wasn’t really very easy after the last match. We conceded on a mistake and that can happen but the level of attention was really very good for 90 minutes so I am very happy.
“But we know we have to gain the qualification in the next match. I think I am always confident but sometimes we had the wrong approach with matches so we need to be careful in every match.”
Chelsea host Malmo for an 8pm kick-off in the second leg at Stamford Bridge next Thursday, February 21, with the small matter of an FA Cup clash with Manchester United sandwiched in between.