Maurizio Sarri says he was disappointed with Chelsea’s response to going a goal behind as they lost 1-0 at home to Leicester City. Chelsea dominated possession in the first half, with Eden Hazard hitting the bar, but struggled to assert themselves after Jamies Vardy’s sixth goal of the season, just after the re-start.
Marcos Alonso hit a post in stoppage time, but in truth Leicester were worthy winners and for yet another game, Sarri was left scratching his head at his players’ performance. “We played very well for 55 minutes. We played very good football,” The Blues head coach said. “After the goal the reaction was for me a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team, but as 11 different players. “There was time to score, without reacting as a team shocked, as a team in mental confusion.”
Sarri cannot comprehend why the issue keeps recurring and hopes for a response on Boxing Day at Watford. “If I knew I (would have) solved the problem before this match,” he said. “It’s difficult to understand, because we have players with long experience, so it’s very difficult to understand. “In the match we had a bad reaction. Now it depends on our reaction in the next three days.”
Hazard was deployed as a ‘false nine’ for a third straight game and Sarri was pleased with the tactic.
He added: “I was really very happy with the team, with the solution of Hazard like a striker. Then after the goal the position of Hazard was not important, I think.”