READ: Full Transcript Of Maurizio Sarri’s Press Conference After Chelsea’s Victory Over Brighton

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What were your thoughts on the performance?

“I think we could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes, I think. We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match, and so, in my mind, it was clear in that moment that we have to suffer in the last five minutes with the long balls into the box.

“We are not a physical team. With the substitutions, I tried to have a more physical imp

Why did you switch off?

“I think that when we have the feeling of being in full control of the match, we are dangerous for ourselves. Suddenly the level of application and attention is lowered.

“I think [their goal was] the first situation in our box after 30 minutes. I think we a bit unlucky. The feeling when we are in confidence, when we are sure of being in control of the match, is dangerous for us.”

Was it complacency?

“I don’t know. I don’t know.”

Eden Hazard’s injury?

“Eden is okay. It’s only a knock, only a knock. I spoke with the doctor five minutes ago and it’s not a big problem. Maybe one day to rest, two days at most.”

What about his performance as a whole?

“I think that, for us, he could be very important in this position. He’s very able to come out and play with his team-mates, very able to create spaces. Now I think that, in that position, he has to improve in attacking the box.”

Was Marcos Alonso fortunate to stay on the pitch at the end?

“I don’t know, I don’t know because the situation was on the other side of the pitch, 60m from my bench. I am not sure about the situation. I want to see the action again because I’m not sure. It’s not a big difference because there were only two minutes to play, so maybe we’d have finished the match with Giroud as a centre-back.”

You seem frustrated when you wanted to bring on Ruben Loftus-Cheek?

“Because I wanted… I asked for the substitution two minutes before, and I don’t know why but it was impossible to do it.

“In that minute, we conceded a goal. So I was a bit disappointed with the fourth official.”



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