Sarri happy after ‘difficult’ Crystal Palace win

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was a happy man after his side beat Crystal Palace 1-0 today at Selhurst Park and consolidated their position in the top four.

A 51st minute left-footed finish by midfielder N’Golo Kante was enough to seal victory for the Stamford Bridge outfit and sees them move five points clear of fifth place Arsenal.

Speaking after the game Sarri hailed his side’s performance and also praised Kante, who he feels is improving in a more advanced midfield role.

“It was a difficult match. I am happy with the team because we dominated for 85 minutes, although we didn’t kill the match, so we had to fight again for the last five minutes,” Sarri told BBC’s MOTD.

“He is improving with the right timing and good movement and now I think that we have to work on Ross Barkley. We now need continuity because in the last five matches we played very well in three, and badly in two, so now is the moment to have continuity.

“We have to play 19 matches, so other team’s results are not important but it is crucial to have continuity. In two days we have had four injuries, with Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater, and then today Olivier Giroud. We will have to see how long he is out for.”

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