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Sarri: Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Arsenal was ‘very, very difficult’

Maurizio Sarri has admitted that the 3-2 victory against Arsenal on Saturday evening was ‘very, very difficult.’

Both sides played some scintillating attacking football at times, although both were also culpable of some pretty laughable defending too, resulting in a wide-open game which could have seen many more than the five goals that were scored.

Chelsea raced into a 2-0 lead, before being pegged back by Arsenal before the break, only for left-back Marcos Alonso to pop up with yet another goal to secure the three points.

Both sides, of course, are still getting used to their new managers and their systems, but speaking after the game, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was relieved to grab all three points.

“Very important. In this period for us, it’s not easy to gain points. Three points is an important target for us, we did very well for 75 minutes but inside that, 15 minutes were horrible,” Sarri told the BBC.

“It was very, very difficult because we lost the distances between the players and we were unable to cover the lost balls and press like a team, so we were really in trouble. But I think the players were really very good because at 2-2 it was not easy with Arsenal.

“In the second half, we did very well also mentally.”

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