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Sarri Fires Warning After Seagulls Win

Sarri Fires Warning After Seagulls Win

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea almost paid the price for letting Brighton back into the game and should have killed it off much sooner.

The outstanding Eden Hazard had inspired Chelsea into a two-goal lead after creating the first finish for Pedro and then adding a second before half-time as the visitors threatened to win by a wider margin.

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Brighton then responded throughout the second half, and after Solly March had pulled a goal back in the 66th minute, they pushed for the equaliser, which fortunately for Chelsea, did not come.

“I think we could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes,” he said. “We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match, and so, in my mind, it was clear in that moment that we have to suffer in the last five minutes with the long balls into the box.

“We are not a physical team. With the substitutions, I tried to have a more physical impact for the last five minutes, but it was clear it was really very difficult in the last five minutes. We could have won better.

“I think that when we have the feeling of being in full control of the match, we are dangerous for ourselves. Suddenly the level of application and attention is lowered. “The feeling when we are in confidence, when we are sure of being in control of the match, is dangerous for us.”

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