Sarri: Chelsea have lacked de­ter­mi­na­tion in some games

The Star Malaysia - - Sport -

LON­DON: Chelsea’s play­ers need to re­fo­cus on a “col­lec­tive tar­get” to re­gain the mo­ti­va­tion they have lacked in re­cent Premier League matches, man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri (pic) said.

Chelsea went un­beaten in their open­ing 12 matches un­der new boss Sarri but have lost two of their last three games to drop to fourth in the ta­ble with 31 points.

Sarri was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about his team’s “black­out” in Wed­nes­day’s 2-1 de­feat by pro­moted Wolver­hamp­ton where Chelsea squan­dered the lead in a poor se­cond-half show.

“In some matches we lack de­ter­mi­na­tion, like in the last match,” Ital­ian Sarri said on Fri­day.

“Rather than 11 play­ers do­ing 11 dif­fer­ent things, we need a col­lec­tive tar­get which can give us mo­ti­va­tion, and that can give us de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“We man­aged the match against Wolves well for 50 min­utes, but we had a black­out when we faced dif­fi­cul­ties ... maybe we were able to win with some prob­lems in the early part of the sea­son, but now we have to face dif­fi­cul­ties.”

Sarri, who re­placed An­to­nio Conte and changed Chelsea’s counter-at­tack­ing ap­proach to a quick-pass­ing, pos­ses­sion-based style, said he ex­pected the team to strug­gle at some point.

“I thought that would hap­pen in the first two months but we played well and gained points, so I was sure the prob­lems would arise in Novem­ber or De­cem­ber,” he said.

“You need to change the men­tal­ity in 25 minds to change the way you play foot­ball. And you can­not do that in one day. It is very dif­fi­cult ... it is a long way to go.”

The for­mer Napoli boss was asked about the se­cret to de­feat­ing Pep Guardi­ola’s un­beaten City.

“I don’t know. I have lost ev­ery match against Guardi­ola so you have to ask some­body else,” Sarri joked.

“At the mo­ment they are stronger than us, but our fi­nal tar­get is to be the best team in Europe. So we need to work and im­prove. We know very well it is very dif­fi­cult.”

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