Chelsea boss Sarri

Sarri: Chelsea need to improve ‘mentally and technically’ despite win over Newcastle

Maurizio Sarri said today’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle was an ‘important’ one, although he also admitted his side need to improve both ‘mentally and technically’.

Chelsea took the lead in the ninth minute through Spanish winger Pedro, but were pegged back five minutes before the interval by a Ciaran Clark header.

Blues winger Willian restored the lead 13 minutes into the second half, with Chelsea bossing possession throughout.

However, despite taking advantage of Arsenal’s earlier slip up to strengthen their place in the top four, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri declared his side must improve further.

“Today was very important to get points. We started well but after the goal we slept for 20 minutes, so by the end of the first half we were in trouble,” Sarri told BBC Sport.

“We were better in the second half. I’m very happy with result but we need to improve mentally and technically because we lost a lot of the ball in a stupid way.

“I think our wingers attacked the space better than in the last five or six matches but we need to attack the box better.”

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