“For me, it was really very important the performance in the final against Manchester City,” said Sarri. “Two weeks before that, we lost 6-0 in Manchester. A fortnight later, the players were able to play at the same level as them, so that was important for our confidence.
“In the last five matches, we conceded only one goal. So, we are improving in consistency. But we have to be careful. We had a long period of good results in the past and then, suddenly, two weeks of disaster. So we have to be careful.”
Sarri should not need to warn his players against complacency for the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers after Chelsea were beaten at Molineux in December, having taken the lead, and the 60-year-old was planning to remind himself what went wrong.
“I want to watch it again,” he said. “It’s not a long time ago, but we have played 35 matches in the time since. All the staff will study these opponents. I remember very well that, after the goal at 1-1, we stopped playing. We were in trouble and stopped completely to play. We only started again in the last 10 minutes. I need to study that match very well. We need to arrive in this match with the right level of preparation and mentality.