Chelsea post-season friendly could hinder Europa League final preparations, says Maurizio Sarri

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The Blues take on New England in a charity friendly game on May 15, just two weeks before their European clash with Arsenal

Chelsea’s friendly in America could hinder their Europa League final preparations, says Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues take on New England Revolution in Foxboro on May 15 as part of the club’s Say No To Antisemitism campaign.

Maurizio Sarri is eyeing his first piece of silverware as Chelsea boss

Maurizio Sarri is eyeing his first piece of silverware as Chelsea boss

The America clash comes just three days after Sunday’s final Premier League fixture at Leicester, with the Europa League final against Arsenal taking place on May 29 in Baku.

Chelsea boss Sarri said: “A problem? We go there for a good reason I think, so as a man I am very happy to go there.

“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 for the final, I think.”

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Asked if the America trip puts Chelsea at a disadvantage compared to Arsenal, Sarri replied: “I don’t know, Arsenal is not my problem.

“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.”

Sarri is set to hand his squad several days’ break after their trip to America.


He added: “I want to speak to the physical staff, to the doctor and then we need to prepare the programme.

“I think that they need three or four days completely in rest. I am not worried about the physical side, I think it is more difficult to recover mentally.

“Because in a match like this one you spend, usually, a lot of energy and then of course you have to go down and then it is not easy to go up again.”



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