Sarri gut­ted at ‘dis­as­ter’ de­feat

The Herald on Sunday - - SPORT -

CHELSEA man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri de­clared his side’s per­for­mance in their 3-1 hum­bling at Tot­ten­ham as a “dis­as­ter”.

The Blues’ un­beaten start to the Premier League was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously ended at Wem­b­ley as goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son He­ung-min gave scin­til­lat­ing Spurs all three points.

Alli and Kane put them two up in­side 16 min­utes be­fore a bril­liant solo goal from Son after the break made it three.

It could have been a rout had Spurs taken all of their chances be­fore Olivier Giroud scored a l ate con­so­la­tion for Sarri’s men.

This was a shadow of the Chelsea side that had gone un­beaten in their open­ing 12 league games and Sarri ad­mit­ted they had a lot of prob­lems to ad­dress.

“It’s clear, I knew very well that we had a lot of prob­lems to solve and I t hink t oday i t was clear f or every­body,” he said. “I hope first of all from the play­ers, be­cause I told them in the last two weeks that we had a big prob­lems with the ap­proach to the match and to­day was the same.

“This was the first prob­lem, to­day I saw a lot of prob­lems be­cause we played very badly – phys­i­cally, men­tally, tech­ni­cally and tac­ti­cally.

“So we have a lot of work, we have a l ot of prob­lems to s olve. We have to try and do some­thing be­cause the de­fen­sive phase to­day was a dis­as­ter. The of­fen­sive play­ers pressed very badly, the mid­field­ers de­fended not very well and the de­fen­sive line as a con­se­quence was a dis­as­ter. The de­fen­sive phase as a team was a dis­as­ter.”

Else­where, West Ham man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini en­dured a mis­er­able af­ter­noon as former club Man­ches­ter City scored three times in the first 34 min­utes of a 4-0 win at the Lon­don Sta­dium. The Chilean led City to the Premier League ti­tle in 2014 be­fore be­ing re­placed two years ago by Pep Guardi­ola, who has taken the side to the next level, at least on the do­mes­tic front.

City needed just 11 min­utes to open the scor­ing as Ra­heem Ster­ling’s cross from the right de­flected into the path of David Silva, who was able to steer be­yond West Ham goal­keeper Lukasz Fabi­an­ski.

Ster­ling went from provider to goalscorer in the 19th minute, ap­ply­ing the sim­plest of touches into an empty net after Leroy Sane had driven a low cross into the six-yard area.

The pair then com­bined to dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect a quar­ter-of-an-hour later, Ster­ling cush­ion­ing a pass to Sane, who turned past Ham­mers de­fender Fabian Bal­buena be­fore slot­ting past Fabi­an­ski.

By that stage, Pel­le­grini must have feared the worst as some home fans headed for the exit but it was not un­til the fi­nal sec­onds of the match that Sane scored again, tuck­ing home from sub­sti­tute Gabriel Je­sus’ cross.

Clau­dio Ranieri started his reign as Ful­ham man­ager with a 3-2 vic­tory over Southamp­ton.

Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic can­celled out Stu­art Arm­strong’s 18th- minute opener just after the half hour be­fore An­dre Schur­rle put the Cot­tagers ahead on the stroke of half time.

Arm­strong lev­elled for Saints on the re­sump­tion but Mitro­vic’s se­cond in the 63rd minute proved de­ci­sive, leav­ing Southamp­ton with­out a Pr e mier League win s i nce Septem­ber 1.

Mean­while, Mick Mc­Carthy will be un­veiled as Repub­lic of Ire­land boss to­day but he will be re­placed by Stephen Kenny after the Euro 2020 fi­nals.

Mc­Carthy has penned a two-year deal while Dun­dalk man­ager Kenny will take charge of the Repub­lic’s U21 side be­fore mov­ing up to the se­nior post.

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