Assessment of the match
“At this moment there is the little differences, maybe not little, between us and Manchester City. About the performance I think the first half not too bad. In the second half there was a big difference in the physical point of view. So we have to work. Our pre-season to now has been a big crazy I think, so we have to work.”
How long will the players take to put your ideas across?
“I don’t know. I arrived here three weeks ago and I have never seen at the moment six players, so it is very difficult. It depends on me and it depends on the players, but I don’t know. Sometimes the work has been very long, sometimes not. At Naples we were in difficulties for three or four matches, but the season started at the beginning of July in Naples.”
How much of your ideas does the squad have at the moment?
“Something but not too much in this moment. I think we have the idea to press, but sometimes we press in the right way, but sometimes not.
“We have the idea to be in control of the match, but today we were not in control of the match. So I think it is a long way, we have to work. It is not very easy. In the next week we have a friendly match again and I prefer in this moment to stay on the pitch with the players in training.”
What did you think about Thibaut Courtois’s agent’s comments about the player wanting to move to Madrid to be with his family?
“I have no reaction on the agent. I am not interested in the agent. I want to hear from Courtois tomorrow if he will say me the same. I have to speak to my player of course, because I only want players with very high level of motivations. But I haven’t anything to answer from the agent.”
“I like him. He is a technical player and I like him very much. He has to improve on the defensive phase I think. It is difficult at this moment to play with Jorginho, Cesc and Ross all together. But I like him and I think he will be a very important player for us.”
Will you have N’Golo Kante, Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard ready for the first game of the Premier League season on Saturday?
“It is difficult. I hope so, especially for the goalkeeper, but it is a bit difficult. But we can do it for one or two players, no more.”
Sarri’s first time at Wembley
“It is beautiful. It is very interesting and very emotional being here. Obviously the way I imagined it would have been with a win and that didn’t happen. But apart from that it was exactly as how I imagined it.”