Sarri still searching for answers

Head coach Maurizio Sarri accepts that he is still trying to sort out the problems in mentality he feels are preventing his Chelsea side from producing their best form.

The Blues were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City last Sunday, leaving them down in sixth place in the Premier League and facing a huge challenge to try and recover and secure a top-four finish.

Their next assignment is a Europa League last-32 first leg trip to Sweden to take on Malmo on Thursday evening, with Sarri hoping to see a positive reaction from his players.

He told reporters: "We talked all together for one hour the day after the match, but I think that it's better to work. Better to react on the pitch.

"It's not easy to play after a 6-0, but we have to play and we have to play well. We want to win and react immediately. In my opinion the last game was not a problem of motivation.

"We were not able to react to the first difficulty during the match, because in the first four or five minutes, we'd actually started well.

"Then, after their first goal, we were not able to react. So the problem is different, but it's always a mind problem, a mental problem, so we need to solve them."

Chelsea have never previously met Malmo in a competitive fixture and are 2/5 to claim a victory on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, the Blues are 4/1 to go all the way and win the Europa League this season and are 5/4 to claim a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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