Maurizio Sarri says fatigue could affect his side ahead of Europa League final
May. 12, 2019
- Sarri believes the Gunners could have an edge over his side due to fatigue ahead of the Blues' post-season friendly in the United States
- Chelsea and Arsenal are set to battle for the Europa League title in an all-English affair
- Arsenal will be seeking to lift the trophy for a chance to qualify for Champions League
Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has revealed his displeasure with the club's preparations ahead of their Europa League final clash against Arsenal.
Sarri believes his side could be fatigued when they face the Gunners as Chelsea are scheduled for a post-season friendly in the United States days before they travel to Baku, Azerbaijan, for the Europa finals.
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The Blues will however first make a trip to Leicester City on Sunday, May 12, for their last Premier League match before they travel to the United States for a friendly clash against New England Revolution in Massachusetts on May 16.
Chelsea will then resume preparations for the European tournament's finals a week later, in a busy schedule that has seen Sarri admit he is concerned his players could suffer from fatigue.
"But as a coach, of course, I am a little bit worried because I know very well that the team now needs rest. So it is not the best way to prepare the final, I think," UK Metro quoted the Italian tactician.
"I have to look to my players, so I know very well that my players need to rest, and after four or five days they need to work for three or four days and then they need to prepare for the match. The match will be interesting and difficult," he added.
Meanwhile, having confirmed their place in next season's Champions League, Chelsea will be seeking to end their season on a high with the European trophy.
Arsenal, on the hand stand an outside chance of qualifying for the European elite competition next season should they win the Europa League title.
Last year, Chelsea started plans towards redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, but the project was later put on hold.
Reason for that decision to suspend the project to rebuild Stamford Bridge was after owner Roman Abramovich was refused a UK visa.
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