Sarri admits Chelsea thought they had qualified already after positive first-half

Sarri admits Chelsea thought they had qualified already after positive first-half

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri reached the Europa League semi-finals after beating Slavia Prague both in Czech Republic as well as at Stamford Bridge (5-3 on aggregate).

The Italian manager, when asked to provide an expalnation on the Blues’ poor start to the second half, which led from 4-1 to 4-3, told journalists after the game: “It’s a problem we have had for the last two months where we start the second half badly. We need a solution to solve this because in the last 10 matches it has been the same”.

“Maybe at the end of the first half we thought we had qualified already but against this opponent that wasn’t true because they are the most physical team I have seen in my career”.

On Slavia: “They have physical numbers I’ve never seen before so it was clear the second half would be difficult for us but of course we did something wrong in the first 15 minutes”.

“I said the target was to start with the same application and attention as the first half but we didn’t do it – we are not able to restart the game immediately. I don’t know why that is. It’s not easy to understand otherwise we could solve the problem quickly”.