Sarri insists his relationship with Chelsea players is ‘really good’ after crucial Spurs win

Chelsea kept their hopes of a top four finish alive and eased the pressure on their under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri with a 2-0 win over London rivals Spurs tonight at Stamford Bridge.

Blues attacker Pedro opened the scoring on 57 minutes with a fine individual finish, before an outrageous own goal from Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier sealed a deserved win for Sarri’s side.

Speaking after the game Sarri was happy with his side’s performance and that his team were able to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the Carabao Cup final on penalties to Man City last weekend.

“The performance was in line with the last one and fortunately the result was different – but the performance was very similar to the one against Man City,” Sarri told BT Sports.

“Pedro is a very important player for us, he is very dangerous, he scored and he’s very useful also in the defensive phase to balance the team.”

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Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped in favour of Wily Caballero after his refusal to be substituted at Wembley, and when quizzed about his relationship with his players, Sarri insisted that he remains on good terms with his squad.

“I was sure before the match. I was sure my relationship with my players is really very good and in the last month better.

“Caballero is a good goalkeeper with great experience and he’s a great man for us, he’s very confident on the pitch and in the dressing room.

“We need consistency, we played very well in the final, it was disappointing the result but we were confident because it was a high-level performance.”

Chelsea remain in sixth place in the table, after their top four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United also recorded victories.

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