Nerves to blame for stut­ter­ing Blues

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

FOOT­BALL: Mau­r­izio Sarri blamed nerves for Chelsea’s un­der­whelm­ing per­for­mance in a 2-0 win over Premier League bot­tom club Ful­ham.

Pe­dro struck after four min­utes after N’Golo Kante had dis­pos­sessed Jean Michael Seri - a pas­sage of play de­scribed as a “present” by Ful­ham boss Claudio Ranieri.

But Chelsea’s sec­ond came late on through sub­sti­tute Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek, as Sarri lamented the fail­ure to “kill” the con­test.

“After the 1-0 the play­ers on the pitch had a very good level of ap­pli­ca­tion, at­ten­tion, but with­out try­ing to kill the match,” Sarri said.

“We needed to kill the match be­fore (we did). But I think to­day we were a lit­tle bit tense.”

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