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Sarri challenges Premier League to help English teams in Europe

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Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri

By Nick Purewal

Maurizio Sarri has said he would take a pay cut if it meant the Premier League helping English teams in Europe through more sympathetic fixture scheduling.

Sarri has questioned the Premier League's "very strange" decision to schedule Chelsea's West Ham clash tonight, just three days before the Blues' Europa League trip to Slavia Prague.

Chelsea face a pivotal week in hosting West Ham before heading to Prague on Thursday - then making the testing league trip to title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday.

And Sarri thinks Premier League bosses ought to do more to help their teams' European endeavours.

Asked if he would take a pay cut for a more favourable fixture list, Sarri said: "Yes of course, because the salary is not so important for me.

"It is important to have fun, for me. To work without working, because for me, it's not work.

"I am not able to understand the decision of the Premier League because we have to go to Prague as an English team.

"So I'm not able to understand why we have to play on Monday. It's very strange. I think they could have done more for the English teams in Europe.

"In Serie A teams play on Friday. Teams involved in the Europa League away from home, they can ask to play their next Serie A match on Monday.

"But this is the situation and we need only to adapt to this situation."

Sarri conceded however there is little chance of the scheduling situation changing in future, as he praised the Premier League's prowess at generating television rights revenue.

However, Sarri conceded he would not want any reduction in revenues to hit English clubs' transfer spending power. "We need to have very strong players," he said.

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