Maurizio Sarri has admitted he is under pressure at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea manager, 60, said he was ‘well aware’ that victories were the only thing which will help him to keep his job.
The Italian’s future as Blues boss is under the spotlight following humiliating losses at Bournemouth and Manchester City – the latter 6-0 defeat was Chelsea’s worst result in 28 years.
The possession-based style Sarri favours also came under fire from Chelsea fans following Monday’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
Sarri has complained about a lack of time to mastermind an upturn in fortunes, with Thursday’s visit of Malmo in the Europa League followed by City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and then Tottenham in the Premier League on February 27.
One his top players Antonio Rudiger compared Sarri’s methods as head coach to those of a school teacher.
The Chelsea defender said: ‘It’s not like we are doing box to box runs in training. It’s not physical. It’s just the tactical things he likes to do.
‘It’s the same if you sit in the school the whole time listening to someone.
‘Of course, sometimes, it gets mental, but at the end of the day you have to do your job.’
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