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Sarri happy with Chelsea’s second half display after Man United draw

Maurizio Sarri was pleased with Chelsea’s second half display after they secured a vital 1-1 draw at top four rivals Manchester United.

Marcos Alonso capitalised on a mistake from United goalkeeper David De Gea to level, after former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata had opened the scoring at Old Trafford.

The result leaves Chelsea fourth, two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, and Sarri admits he was pleased with his side’s performance after a difficult first half.

“We had on the pitch a little problem with the distances,” Sarri told Sky Sports.

”There were too many metres from strikers to midfielders and we had trouble recovering the ball. In the last part of first half we were better and very well in second half. In the end we had a big chance but unfortunately missed it. It is not easy to play here against Manchester United.”

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Chelsea will secure Champions League football if they win their remaining two league fixtures with Watford and Leicester, whilst the club will also face German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals this week.

Despite facing criticism at times this season, Sarri believes his side have enjoyed a ‘good season’ so far.

“We need two wins. With this we are sure. Four points depends on goal difference. We played the final of the League Cup. We are fighting for the top four and in semi-final of the Europa League. We have done a good season. Now we need to take two very important targets.”

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