Maurizio Sarri has no doubt that he should be kept on as Chelsea boss after winning the Europa League in his first season in charge.
The Italian is set for talks with Blues owner Roman Abramovich amid reports that Frank Lampard could take over at Stamford Bridge.
But Sarri is convinced he has done enough to prove he should be kept on.
“I think so but it’s only my opinion. My opinion is not enough,” Sarri said at a press conference after his side’s 4-1 victory over Arsenal in Baku.
Having led Chelsea back to the Champions League and now won silverware, Sarri has possibly strengthened his position since the low point of February’s 6-0 mauling at Manchester City.
He believes a corner was turned after that awful day and that the players responded in emphatic fashion – and their results since speak for themselves.
Sarri explained: “We went in trouble in January and February and then we reacted. And in the Premier League it is not easy to react, because the level is really high.
“At the end we got to the Champions League through the Premier League – not easy.
“We played the final of the League Cup and qualified by beating Tottenham and Liverpool, who are the finalists of the Champions League. Then we lost in the final on penalties against Manchester City.
“In the Europa League we played 15 matches and we won 12 and drew three. So I think we deserved to win the Europa League.
“It’s very important for me, but of course it’s very important for us, and I’m really very happy with my players.
“Something changed at the beginning of February, I think. We lost 6-0 in Manchester against City but we started something different.”