Maurizio Sarri thinks that his Chelsea side could have beaten Brighton by a bigger margin than the 2-1 scoreline on Sunday afternoon.
Having beaten Man City last time out, Chelsea faced a tricky trip to the south coast to take on a Brighton side who have been very strong at the AmEx, winning 14 out of the 21 points available at home before Sunday.
However, the 2016/17 Premier League champions would go into the break 2-0 up thanks to goals from Pedro and Hazard, with the latter playing in a more central role in favour of the out-of-form Olivier Giroud.
Brighton would pull a goal back just after the hour mark through Solly March, with the Seagulls pushing for an equaliser in the closing stages.
Speaking after the game, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri said that he thought his side could have won the game by a bigger margin:
“We could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes,” Sarri said in his post-match press conference.
“We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match. My mind was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the last five minutes with long balls into our box. We are not a physical team.
“With the substitutions I tried to have more physical impact in the last five minutes, but it was clear it was really very difficult in the last five minutes. But we could have won better.”