“We finished the Premier League tired, so after the [friendly] match in Boston [last week] we had three days off. I think we recovered, now we are working and we're preparing in the best possible way for the final. It's not easy because the players are tired, mentally and physically," Chelsea’s head coach Maurizio Sarri said at a press conference in London held on the eve of the UEFA Champions League final in Baku.
The Italian specialist said he had 2-years contract with the club and would be glad to continue his work in the UK. According to him, it is difficult for Chelsea going to Baku for the final. Usually against Arsenal it's an open match; it will be difficult. They have two very dangerous strikers, Lacazette and Aubameyang. They're very dangerous as a team in the offensive play, they're aggressive and they press very well. It's not easy to play against them; they're a very good team and their coach has done well. Loftus-Cheek has become a very important player for us, especially in an open match – he's very useful for us. I'm disappointed he's injured but it's useless to continue to speak about him and I'm sure he’ll be able to return stronger.
"We were in trouble in January and that's very difficult in a league as difficult as this, but I'm very pleased with how we reacted and the feeling is that we deserve to win this. I want a trophy for the players, for the technical staff and also for the club."
"We've had a good season – we had some problems and we lost two or three matches very, very badly but we finished the Premier League in third position and we got to the League Cup final, which was difficult. We wanted to get to the Champions League through the Premier League and then we wanted to win a trophy. The final is very important for us, and our feeling is that we deserve to win a trophy."
Notably, Chelsea will face Arsenal at the final match to be held at the Baku Olympic Stadium on May 29.