Maurizio Sarri was left confused by his side’s performance as Manchester United dumped Chelsea out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.
The pressure was on the Blues following the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, but it was a case of ‘same old story’ for Sarri’s side, who dominated proceedings at Stamford Bridge, but were unable to produce a killer instinct as Manchester United ran out 2-0 winners.
Paul Pogba’s delicious ball was nodded home by Ander Herrera for the first of the game on 31 minutes, before the £89 million midfielder got on the end of a deadly whipped cross from Marcus Rashford to make it two just before the break, sealing United’s place in the quarter-finals at the expense of the current FA Cup holders.
Chelsea dominated possession in the second half, but found themselves up against a well drilled United side, who were content to soak up pressure and hit the hosts on the break, and speaking after the game, under fire Blues boss Sarri said that his side’s second-half performance was ‘confusing’.
“Tonight we were unlucky because we played a very good first half and at the end of the half the score was 2-0. We gave them a few opportunities,” Sarri told BBC Sport.
“We played confusing football in the second half. After the first half it wasn’t easy to play with that score. We played very good first half.
“I feel the pressure for results of course, not about something else.
“We have to work, we have to speak, we have to find more aggression and determination in both boxes.”