Sarri gutted at ‘disaster’ defeat
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.