Maurizio Sarri has said that winning the Champions League is over-rated as if can be done with a bit of luck but getting into it requires sheer grit and bite.
Speaking in his pre-Burnley presser:
“We cannot choose a route.
“We have to try in the Premier League, we have to try in the Europa League. But we want to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition in itself, not just because of going in the Champions League.
“We have to try to get into the top four. It’s not easy because we only have four matches left.
“The last four five or five matches will be difficult for every team involved. We might see some very strange results in the last part of the season. But we are going to fight to the end.
“People give the Champions League too much importance. Of course it is the most important competition for clubs, but now it is one with straight elimination. The ball goes in off a post or out and you qualify or are eliminated.
“You need to play very well, but you need to be lucky in that competition. It’s clear it’s the most important competition for clubs in the world – but it’s a competition where you need to be lucky.
“The Premier League is very difficult. To get to the final of the League Cup we had to play Liverpool, Tottenham, and then Manchester City in the final. It is easier to get to the final of the Champions League.
“But in the Europa League at this point you cannot expect anything easy, either. We have to try in both ways.”