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Sarri: Chelsea have to work in training after defensive ‘disaster’

Chelsea fell to pieces at Wembley on Saturday evening as a rampant Spurs side put them to the sword, winning 3-1 in a game where the home team could easily have scored five or six.

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, was deflated after the game and knows his team have a lot of work ahead of them to recover from such a setback, describing his defence’s performance as a ‘disaster’.

“I knew very well we had a lot of problems to solve and today that was clear for everybody,” Sarri said in his post-match press conference.

“I hope first of all for the players because I told them in the last week that we had big problems with our approach to matches and today was the same, but the level of the opponent was different and in 16 minutes it was 2-0. That was the first problem but today I saw a lot of problems because we played very badly, physically, mentally, technically, especially in the first 25 minutes, tactically, so we have a lot to work on and a lot of problems to solve. But I knew that very well before this match and now it’s clear for everybody, I hope firstly for the players.”

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Sarri spoke of the need for Chelsea to regain their defensive shape and focus in training and that they will need to use the limited time they have wisely before facing PAOK on Thursday night in the Europa League.

“We have to work in training. You know very well it’s not easy, unfortunately, we have no time, we have to play every three days so it’s very difficult to have training just for improving the team and single players, we only have time to prepare for the next match.

“But we have to do something because today the defensive phase was a disaster. I’m not talking about the defensive line, the defensive phase. The offensive players pressed very badly, the midfielders didn’t defend well and as a consequence, the defensive line was a disaster.

“It was clear after five minutes of the match that it was very difficult to use Jorginho as usual. We had to get the ball from the centre-backs to the opposite full-backs, that was the only way to have one or two seconds of playing the ball. We were surprised because they normally play with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, but today they played 4-3-1-2.

“After five minutes the situation was very clear. We lost a lot of balls and against Tottenham, it’s very dangerous to lose the ball in your half because in short counter attacks they are one of the strongest teams in Europe. It was a disaster and after 20 minutes 2-0 was the minimum.”

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