‘He has to live with the pressure, like we all do’: Uwe Rosler wants to add to Maurizio Sarri’s woes as Malmo aim to cause Europa League shock at Chelsea
- Malmo will be aiming to overcome 2-1 deficit to beat Chelsea in Europa League
- Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley scored before Anders Christiansen’s late reply
- Boss Uwe Rosler admitted he had sympathy for Maurizio Sarri’s current situation
Malmo boss Uwe Rosler has sympathy for Maurizio Sarri’s predicament as Chelsea head coach, but is confident the Swedes can compound the Italian’s woes in Thursday’s Europa League last-32 second leg.
Anders Christiansen’s late goal in last Thursday’s first leg in Malmo has given the visitors a fighting chance and will make the Blues and Sarri jittery with a place in the last 16 at stake.
Sarri’s position is in jeopardy after the 6-0 loss to Manchester City and the fans’ vilification of his methods during Monday’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is under pressure after a poor run of results ahead of Malmo clash
Former Brentford, Leeds, Wigan and Fleetwood boss Rosler said: ‘At a club like Chelsea the pressure is always on. It’s all about results.
‘He has to live with the pressure, like we all do. Not tomorrow, but in general, I wish he comes through this difficult period and will continue.
‘The goal made the game really interesting for us. I know we need to score, but we can. So, see what happens.’
Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud had given Chelsea a 2-0 lead and progress appeared to be a formality before Malmo’s reply 10 minutes from time.
Rosler believes the goal gives Sarri a dilemma, given the need to balance the proximity of the Wembley date with City.
Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley scored to hand Chelsea advantage before hosts’ late goal
The German, a former City striker, added: ‘He wanted to kill the game off in Malmo. We got that goal. I think that annoyed him a little bit.’
Malmo beat Besiktas in Turkey to secure their place in the knockout stages.
They could encounter another hostile environment at Stamford Bridge, if the Chelsea fans turn on Sarri again.
Rosler added: ‘I’ve been in his situation before. It’s not helpful.
‘But we’re focusing on us. It doesn’t matter who starts for them tomorrow. We have a game plan.
‘It’s very, very difficult (but) it is possible tomorrow to get a positive result.’
Iceland midfielder Arnor Ingvi Traustason is poised to join the Malmo squad on Thursday after his partner, Andrea, gave birth to a baby girl, the couple’s first child.
Malmo boss Uwe Rosler is confident of causing a shock in the Europa League second-leg tie