First Europa League game at Stamford Bridge, proud of that?
“Yes of course. I think that the Europa League is a very important competition so we have to play very well tomorrow because we have to play against a good team. They have played very well in the first match of the group stage, they were a bit unlucky I think, so it is very important for me to play in Stamford Bridge for a European match.”
Will this game impact the Southampton game on Sunday?
“I don’t know. I don’t think that in West Ham we didn’t win because of the match in Greece. We changed a lot of players so I don’t think the reason was that.
“Of course tomorrow we need to change some players because we have spent a lot of mental and physical energy in two matches against Liverpool and then after this match we have to play a match again in 62 hours so tomorrow we need to chage. I don’t know how many players but we need to change.”
What’s more important? Top four or winning the Europa League?
“At the moment for my club it is more important to be in the Champions league. To play the Champions League is more important at the moment but I want to arrive to the end in the Europa League.”
“I have to speak to Pedro who is doing better like Loftus-Cheek and so I think that tomorrow every player is available. I have to change, 5, 6, 7 players. I don’t know at the moment. I want to see training in the afternoon and to see the last training tomorrow morning.”
Favourites to win the Europa League?
“I don’t know. We want to arrive to the end but the Europa League is a very unusual competition because at the moment we don’t know all the names of the opponents . In the second round eight teams will arrive from the Champions League so it is very difficult but we want to arrive at the end of the competition.”
Why is playing in the Europa League more difficult for Premier League games than Champions League?
“I think it is more difficult because in the Champions League usually you have 80 hours from a match to the other match. In the Europa League, especially in England, we have only 60, 64 hours and so it is more difficult. In Italy it is a little bit different especially when you play away because you can ask to play on Monday nights and in Italy usually if you play at home on Thursday you play on Sunday but at 8 o’clock, 9 o’clock so in England it is more difficult.”
You haven’t won a trophy as a coach, does that bother you?
“I don’t know in Italy it is not very easy to win a trophy in the last 7, 8 years only Juventus won a trophy so it is very difficult. In England it is difficult because we have 6, 7 teams that can win so it is difficult. I am here to win, I want to win, I want to win something and I hope to be able to do it.”
Doesn’t keep you awake at night?
“No, I need to sleep for 8 hours every night otherwise I am in trouble.”
Will Hazard, Hudson-Odoi or Ampadu play?
“I don’t know. For sure not both, Hazard or Odoi, but I don’t know at the moment. As I said a couple of weeks ago, the period from the first international break and the second for me is my pre-season so I would like to see every player in this period. Maybe tomorrow it is time to see Loftus I think. I don’t know for Odoi at the moment.”
Is Loftus-Cheek fit?
“He was unlucky in the last three weeks after the match with the national team. He had a problem in the last 5, 6 days he has been better so I think that he is able to play tomorrow.”
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