Maurizio Sarri was full of praise in giving his thoughts after Chelsea‘s away win over Huddersfield Town this evening.
The Italian manager, who also won his first Premier League game of career today, told journalists: “I’m very happy because in the first part of the season for us it won’t be easy for us to gain points. The first half was hard. If you look at the result you think it was an easy game but in the first half we were in trouble for 15 minutes against a physical team, we are not a physical team. In the second half the opponent was a bit tired and it was easier”.
“We have to improve to defend in the other half, to press, especially against three defenders. We have to move the ball faster. In the first half we didn’t, it was better in the second but we had more space and time”.
“It was really hard for us because they played all their pre-season matches with a 4 2 3 1, only one match in a 4 3 3. We have never played against 3 5 1 1 and we weren’t ready. It was a problem. Maybe for Napoli last year it wasn’t a problem but for Chelsea, with only three days training together, it’s clear it was a problem”.
Sarri added: “I think Eden [Hazard] at this moment cannot play for 90 minutes. He has to improve and train. The best thing for him to do is play 15-20 minutes when the opponents are tired. We are lucky now because for three or four weeks we can work with one match a week, so we have to improve in this month, then it will be difficult, with three matches in a week, but I hope to improve the team”.