Maurizio Sarri questions why Chelsea must lose to get better

Date published: Saturday 2nd February 2019 5:36

Maurizio Sarri has challenged his Chelsea side to focus in the Premier League without suffering a defeat first after their 5-0 win over Huddersfield. 

On-loan Juventus striker Higuain, who enjoyed the best season of his career under Sarri at Napoli in 2015-16, struck after 16 minutes before curling in the fourth from 25 yards out.

Eden Hazard, who has been singled out for criticism by the Blues boss, converted a penalty before half-time and netted his second after 66 minutes to take his season’s tally to 15.

Huddersfield were well beaten and conceded a late fifth, credited to David Luiz after a wicked deflection off Elias Kachunga.

Speaking to Match of the Day, Sarri said: “I hope in the future we will not need a lost match to find the right mentality.

“I think we started very well in the first 25 minutes and then today we played for the whole 90 mins but we need consistency.

“Our best moment in this match was the first 25 minutes the way we moved with the ball was very fast dangerous.

“Today is all positive, we played a full 90 minutes, defended very well, so it was a very good match but we need consistency now, we have to continue to play with the same mentality in all the matches.”

After netting twice, Sarri admitted his new signing Higuaín is now getting close to full fitness.

“Higuain is improving, he wasn’t physically at the top when he arrived, because he had a back problem and wasn’t involved, so only played a few matches,” he explained.

“He is a great player, he is suitable to play with Eden (Hazard).”


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