Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea strugglers have been targeted for a Europa League upset by Malmo.
Sunday’s humiliating 6-0 defeat at Manchester City – the Londoners’ heaviest in Premier League history – has left the club’s top brass fuming. It means Chelsea have lost two of their last three ahead of Thursday’s trip to Sweden.
Malmo midfielder Oscar Lewicki hopes to pile on the pressure. He said: “You hope they will be a little easier to meet now that they have this form.
“Hopefully it will mean they are a bit uncertain in some way, and it will work to our advantage.”
Although they are still in three Cup competitions, Chelsea have now won just two of their last six Premier League matches.
They started last weekend in the Champions League places but have now fallen to sixth.
Malmo are into the Europa League knockout stages after coming through a group including Belgian outfit Genk and Turkish club Besiktas.
Sarri held a meeting with his players on Monday and is now under orders to improve Chelsea’s form.
He is up against rampant Manchester United on Monday, however, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side victorious in ten of their last 11 games.