Maurizio Sarri said that he was proud of the way his Chelsea players performed during today’s penalty shootout defeat against Man City.
Sarri went into today’s Wembley showpiece with huge storm clouds gathering over his tenure as Chelsea manager following a disappointing run of results, including a 6-0 defeat to today’s opponents just two weeks ago.
There have been plenty of questions as to whether Chelsea will do what Chelsea do best, and replace their manager, but after watching his side’s performance, the Italian said that he thought that he had the backing of his players.
“After this match I have to say that I’m sure of that because they played exactly what I asked. Today I am proud of the players,” he told Sky Sports.
Asked if he thought today’s performance would help bolster his position as the clubs manager, he decided to reiterate his pride in his players.
“You have to ask the club. Here I am very happy and in the last three matches we are improving and have improved a lot,” he added.
“Today showed everyone we could be a very solid team because we conceded nothing to the opponents and to Manchester City that is not easy. I am happy with my players.
“I think the club would be proud of that performance too, because the performance was very good against, in my opinion, the best club in Europe.”