- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

LONDON (AP) - Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says he needs a run of wins to get the club’s fans back on his side after a series of bad results.

The Italian, who was subjected to abuse from Chelsea supporters after the side’s FA Cup exit to Manchester United on Sunday, says: “We need to win three, four matches in a row. It’s the only solution.”

Chelsea’s next three games - Thursday’s Europa League last-32 second leg against Malmo, Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City and then the Premier League meeting with crosstown rival Tottenham -could determine whether Sarri will stay on as coach.

Sarri’s position was already being called into question after the 6-0 loss at City in the Premier League on Feb. 10. On Sunday, fans ridiculed his possession-based “Sarriball” football with an expletive.

The 60-year-old coach says: “I can understand very well the frustration of our fans, because they are used to winning. Now we are in trouble, so I can understand very well.”

Sarri says he has to imagine he will be Chelsea coach “for a long time, otherwise I cannot work.”

Chelsea holds a 2-1 lead over Malmo from their first leg in Sweden.

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