Sarri keen on long-term stay

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri hopes to be given time to prove himself at Stamford Bridge, with his position in question after three defeats in their last five games.

The Blues have suffered crushing Premier League reverses at the hands of Bournemouth and Manchester City, while on Monday they were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

That has prompted talk of Sarri being under pressure, but the Italian is focused on trying to guide his side through to the last-16 of the Europa League.

He told reporters: "I have to think I will be the manager of Chelsea for a very long time. Otherwise I cannot work.

"I am not sure, but I have to think this. I want to work with a long-term target.

"Of course, in this moment it's very difficult to think we're able to win three, four matches in a row. (But) as you know very well in football, everything can change in one day.

"I think we need first of all a good performance, a good result and, with more confidence, we are able to do anything."

Chelsea hold a 2-1 advantage in their tie with Malmo, with Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud the goalscorers in the first leg in Sweden.

The Blues are 1/4 to win the second leg on Thursday in 90 minutes, with the hosts 5/1 to claim a 2-0 victory and 8/11 to keep a clean sheet.

Sarri also confirmed that both Pedro and Davide Zappacosta will miss the game due to illness, while goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is sidelined by a hamstring problem.

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Sarri plays down fans’ revolt

Maurizio Sarri claims he is not worried about the fans, but returning Chelsea to winning ways after they crashed out of the FA Cup to Manchester United.

The Blues fans made their feelings known to the Italian tactician after goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba condemned the holders to a 2-0 defeat and elimination at the fifth-round stage at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Chelsea had won 2-1 at Malmo in the Europa League last Thursday, although the 6-0 drubbing against Manchester City on 10th February was no doubt still fresh in the memory as sections of the supporters turned on Sarri.

The former Napoli coach, who took over from Antonio Conte last summer, recognises that Chelsea must improve but feels the fans will be won over with a run of wins.

The 60-year-old said: "I am worried about the results. Not about the fans.

"I can understand the situation and our fans, because the result wasn't really good. We are out of the FA Cup, so I can understand. But I am worried about our results.

"We were unlucky. In the first half we played better than the opponent and, at the end of the first half, it was 2-0 to them. So we played confused football in the second half. But, in the first half, we played well. We need, of course, more aggression, more determination.

"If we are able to win three or four matches in a row, it will be really very easy (to change the negative mood)."

Sarri has an ideal chance to get back into the good books as Chelsea face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday and they are 12/5 to lift the trophy, while the Citizens are priced at 3/10.

Chelsea are also 5/4 to finish in the top-four of the Premier League and qualify for next season's Champions League.

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Solskjaer eyes cup recompense

Ole Gunnar Solskajer is looking for some recompense in the FA Cup after Manchester United dumped out holders Chelsea 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals.

The United interim boss made it 11 wins from 13 in charge as first half goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba at Stamford Bridge on Monday night ensured the side booked their place a trip to Wolves in the last-eight next month.

In addition to keeping their cup dream alive, it was the ideal response to last week's 2-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer admitted that a top-four Premier League finish is the priority, but he would like to do well in the FA Cup after United lost last season's final, while he also ended his Red Devils' playing career on a disappointing note in the competition.

The Norwegian said: "You want to see a reaction. There's a balance between being too eager after losing a game, so this was brilliant.

"(Pogba) had a tough game against PSG, but he was probably our best player then. (This) was a great response, playing against one of the best defensive midfielders in the world with (N'Golo) Kante next to him.

"The cross for Ander's goal was fantastic. Then the way he plays the ball out to Marcus and gets into the box for the second was fantastic, too.

"We lost the (FA Cup) final to Chelsea last year. My last game was a loss to Chelsea in the (2007) FA Cup final. We want to get to the final. It'll be a tough away game against Wolves.

"We've got to build on the positives. We play Liverpool next week, but Chelsea, Arsenal and us will fight for that fourth position (in the Premier League). This was about getting through to the next round."

United are 7/2 to win the FA Cup this season, while they are priced at 1/1 to achieve their main aim of a top-four finish.

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Absentees concern Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is concerned that the Seagulls' excellent run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup has come at a cost.

Hughton's side defeated Championship side Derby County 2-1 in Saturday's fifth-round tie thanks to first-half goals by Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia.

However, Hughton has revealed that veteran striker Glenn Murray, who scored twice in the fourth-round replay win at West Brom, is struggling with a calf injury while Davy Propper missed Saturday's match because of illness.

Lewis Dunk and Leon Balogun were not involved in the match because of injury so Hughton handed a first call-up to the squad for teenage defender Leo Ostigard.

Hughton said of Murray: "He just felt his calf very slightly, but certainly enough, the same with Dunky, for him not to be available.

"And then we will push as hard as we can to get them fit for the Leicester game (on 26th February).

"Glenn probably more so than Dunky would have been involved. I think Dan Burn has done very well in the games he has played.

"Davy [Propper] was ill, trained on Friday and then didn't feel great. We assessed him and he was definitely not well enough to play.

"It's unusual for us. Generally we've been good with injuries but it was a difficult week with Leon Balogun injured as well in training, his shoulder. Probably that makes the result even more pleasing."

Locadia picked up an ankle injury against the Rams while Florin Andone is suspended.

Brighton, 8/1 to be relegated this season, are available at 10/3 to beat Leicester and 16/1 to win the FA Cup.

Wolves dream of FA Cup glory

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says he and side will 'go for it' in the FA Cup, having reached the last eight of the competition at the expense of Bristol City.

An Ivan Cavaleiro goal proved to be enough to secure a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate on Sunday, with Nuno proud of the way his players stuck to their task as their Championship hosts piled on the pressure in the second half.

He told reporters: "I thought we played really well in the first half, building, creating chances, scoring. The second half, we had to hold on to what we had.

"It is very difficult to defend against such a very good team and we had to be brave.

"I am very happy because we have achieved something very positive for us. It is a tough stadium to come to and take away something. We really appreciate this competition and we go for it, of course."

The thoughts of the Wolves boss were echoed by striker Raul Jimenez, who told the club's official website: "Well, we have to dream.

"We know that it is difficult and we have to wait now to see which team we are going to be against, but we have to dream."

Wolves are now priced at 13/2 to lift the FA Cup this season, with Manchester City 1/1 and Watford 12/1.

The men from Molineux have won the FA Cup on four occasions, the last of which came in 1960, when they defeated Blackburn Rovers in the Wembley final.

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Survival comes first for Hodgson

Boss Roy Hodgson is adamant that the main priority for Crystal Palace this season remains securing their Premier League status, despite their progress in the FA Cup.

The Eagles booked a place in the last eight of the cup with a 2-0 victory at League One Doncaster Rovers, with Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer their goalscorers.

However, despite being three wins away from glory, Hodgson is still focused on avoiding relegation, with Palace currently three points clear of the drop zone, having won only one of their last five league games.

He told reporters: "We are happy to be in the draw and we would like to do well in the cup, but we would like even more to stay in the Premier League.

"That's always the priority, as seen by today when we were able to rest one or two players.

"Sooner or later (in the cup) you will meet Manchester City or either Manchester United or Chelsea, so it's a question of when that happens, because then you will have a really tough tie. The important thing is to take each game as it comes."

Palace have reached the FA Cup final on two occasions, losing out to Manchester United in both 1990 and 2016.

The Eagles are currently priced at 16/1 to be relegated this season, while they are 1/40 to beat the drop and 9/1 to lift the FA Cup for their first time in their history.

Palace are back in top-flight action on Saturday, when they head to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City.

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Survival come first for Hodgson

Boss Roy Hodgson is adamant that the main priority for Crystal Palace this season remains securing their Premier League status, despite their progress in the FA Cup.

The Eagles booked a place in the last eight of the cup with a 2-0 victory at League One Doncaster Rovers, with Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer their goalscorers.

However, despite being three wins away from glory, Hodgson is still focused on avoiding relegation, with Palace currently three points clear of the drop zone, having won only one of their last five league games.

He told reporters: "We are happy to be in the draw and we would like to do well in the cup, but we would like even more to stay in the Premier League.

"That's always the priority, as seen by today when we were able to rest one or two players.

"Sooner or later (in the cup) you will meet Manchester City or either Manchester United or Chelsea, so it's a question of when that happens, because then you will have a really tough tie. The important thing is to take each game as it comes."

Palace have reached the FA Cup final on two occasions, losing out to Manchester United in both 1990 and 2016.

The Eagles are currently priced at 16/1 to be relegated this season, while they are 1/40 to beat the drop and 9/1 to lift the FA Cup for their first time in their history.

Palace are back in top-flight action on Saturday, when they head to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City.

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Wolves dig for victory

Wolves skipper Conor Coady said his team dug in to withstand Bristol City pressure and win through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Ivan Cavaleiro scored the only goal of the game at Ashton Gate as Premier League Wolves beat their Championship opponents 1-0.

City are in the Championship play-off places and put sustained pressure on the Wolves goal in the second half with both Jay Dasilva and Matty Taylor going close.

However, they couldn't force an equaliser and Wolves are in the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since 2003.

Coady said afterwards that the team had shown the resilience necessary to beat determined opponents.

He told BT Sport: "It was a frantic second half, we knew it was going to be tough. I thought we dominated in the first half, but we stuck in there and showed we could defend.

"We knew we'd have defend. Sometimes you have got to dig in.

"We wanted to keep the same system as last year, we have a manager who's got an identity for this and we wanted to stick with that."

Wolves are seventh in the Premier League table in an impressive first season back in the top flight and only two of the sides above them will be in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Manchester City have already booked their place, beating League Two Newport on Saturday while Monday night sees the final fifth round tie when Chelsea host Manchester United.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said, on who he wanted in the quarter-finals, that he would just be happy to have a home tie at Molineux.

Wolves beat Liverpool in the third round of the competition, overcoming League One Shrewsbury after a replay in the fourth round.

Wolves are next in action on Saturday when they travel to the south coast to take on AFC Bournemouth. They are 8/5 for the win with Eddie Howe's side 17/10 and the draw 9/4.

Wolves are 12/1 to finish in the top six in the Premier League, they are 11 points behind sixth-placed Chelsea.

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Sanchez desperate to impress

Chile striker Alexis Sanchez remains determined to prove his worth at Manchester United, having struggled to make an impact since joining from Arsenal.

The 30-year-old moved to Old Trafford just over a year ago, since when he has scored five goals in 37 appearances in all competitions.

And the former Barcelona ace is eager to improve on that return and show the Red Devils just what he is capable of, starting against Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday evening.

Sanchez told BBC Sport: "I'm a player that, if I'm not in contact with the ball, I lose that spark and sometimes I want to play in every game. You're in, you're out and I'm used to playing.

"It's not an excuse, because if I go on for 10, 20 minutes, I have to perform because that's what I'm here for, to make a difference.

"I would like to have brought more joy to the club. Yes it worries me, because I believe in my abilities as a player, I want to show it.

"I think I'm an experienced player and I think I know what I need to do and what I shouldn't do."

The game on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge is a repeat of the FA Cup final last season, which the Blues won 1-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty.

Chelsea are 8/15 to reach the sixth round of the FA Cup, with United priced at 11/8, while the men from Manchester are 13/2 to go all the way and lift the trophy this season.

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Sanchez desperate to impress

Chile striker Alexis Sanchez remains determined to prove his worth at Manchester United, having struggled to make an impact since joining from Arsenal.

The 30-year-old moved to Old Trafford just over a year ago, since when he has scored five goals in 37 appearances in all competitions.

And the former Barcelona ace is eager to improve on that return and show the Red Devils just what he is capable of, starting against Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday evening.

Sanchez told BBC Sport: "I'm a player that, if I'm not in contact with the ball, I lose that spark and sometimes I want to play in every game. You're in, you're out and I'm used to playing.

"It's not an excuse, because if I go on for 10, 20 minutes, I have to perform because that's what I'm here for, to make a difference.

"I would like to have brought more joy to the club. Yes it worries me, because I believe in my abilities as a player, I want to show it.

"I think I'm an experienced player and I think I know what I need to do and what I shouldn't do."

The game on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge is a repeat of the FA Cup final last season, which the Blues won 1-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty.

Chelsea are 1/2 to reach the sixth round of the FA Cup, with United priced at 6/4, while the men from Manchester are 8/1 to go all the way and lift the trophy this season.

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