Chelsea boss Sarri 'very sorry' for Ranieri after Fulham sacking

Chelsea boss Sarri 'very sorry' for Ranieri after Fulham sacking

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri admitted he hopes that Tottenham will be drawn into the top-four race in the final stretch of the Premier League season.

"On the flip side of that, (feelings) of excitement", the 38-year-old added.

And he feels Kepa's public show of defiance might have had an overall positive impact on the dressing room. "When there is a hard situation, I think it's very hard for everybody, but it's a big opportunity, also".

"But it's a big opportunity, also". I think that he played very well in the last match (against Tottenham), better in the second half than in the first half.

"When there is a very hard experience you can come out of it always different than before, better or worse".

"He came in and had open arms with me in the sense of helping and I'd like to think I helped him at times".

"I need to value the recovery of every player and then decide".

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"I'm not sure exactly what went on at Chelsea, but I see Kepa was fined and didn't play in the next game so that probably speaks volumes". "We are more compact".

It is said that Kepa had told the Argentine global that he himself was the better goalkeeper, hence he insisted that he should continue playing.

"And also with the results". Now I can understand very well that, in England, it's very hard to be in the top four.

Jorginho leads the Premier League in passes per game (89.6) this season and has a 90 percent success rate despite often being man-marked by opponents, but he has come under fire for failing to register a single assist as well as being criticised for a perceived lack of defensive work rate.

"I want to give the players a real clear idea of what I expect, what the club expect and what the fans expect". We still need consistency and still to continue, especially with the performances. "The results are only a effect - sometimes not, but in 95 percent of cases [they are]".

Marcos Alonso was in fine form against Spurs, the defender having lost his place to Emerson Palmieri for the final, and Sarri defended the left-back. "Regarding those games, this is a bunch of players that past year were one of the best teams in the Championship", Parker said.

"We were lucky because in that period we had a very good moment for Emerson [Palmieri]. For me, now the best thing is to close it".