Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea have dragged Tottenham into fight

Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri

With a man of the match performance, Kepa Arrizabalaga did more than perhaps anyone else to ensure Chelsea made the short trip home from Craven Cottage with all three points intact.

"I was lucky because I have two very good goalkeepers". With him, I know him very well and know very well it wasn't the right solution [to omit him]. He made a mistake and [we had] a misunderstanding.

"I'm confident. I was confident in the past, and I am confident now of course".

Afterwards, we learned Sarri had considered dropping Kepa for the season - in response to his Brent-based misdemeanour.

Hazard added: 'The week was not so easy for him, but he's a great goalkeeper and he's a great guy'.

Sarri signed Jorginho from Napoli because the Italy worldwide was familiar with his coaching demands and says Chelsea fans will not see the best of him until his team-mates are up to speed.

"You don't change your character because of the situation; you change the situation", said the Brazil global. "I think it's very important to move on quickly from that".

"He was really very exhausted in the last part of the match, and we were lucky that [Mateo] Kovacic could come on and do really very well. The answer from him was really very good".

"We are fighting. We are only two points away, at the moment, and have to play one match in hand". "We could have killed the match, but we were not able to do so".

It usually does. Sarri won his first five league games in charge, adjusting Chelsea's tactical set-up to fit his own attacking brand, known across the continent as 'Sarri-ball.' The fans took to the chain-smoking former banker, while the players seemed to prefer him to his combustible predecessor, Antonio Conte.

In reality, his emphatic applauding of the crowd was the most action his palms had received all evening: we'll never know if Mauricio Pochettino had identified a weakness in the Chelsea goal, as his side never really deigned to test it. We need from everybody, the squad is ready to fight for everything and we have been working really hard. The Blues lined up in a 4-5-1 / 4-2-3-1 formation as opposed to the normal 4-3-3. That was very important for our confidence. "You can see the situation was well managed, I was lucky I think".

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