Sarri backs 'fragile' Morata after Chelsea win

Sarri backs 'fragile' Morata after Chelsea win

The Blues duo are now out of favour at Stamford Bridge and the club's head coach explained why their appearances have been limited.

Alvaro Morata has spoken out about his late miss in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace which denied him his hat-trick.

Morata opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and he later restored the lead for Maurizio Sarri's side after Andros Townsend equalised for the visitors.

Moses has made six appearances for the Blues across all competitions this season, while Drinkwater's only outing came in the Community Shield loss to Manchester City in early August. It is my work, I think.

"I think David Luiz should have dealt with the situation better but the difference with being in a back four is that you need to be that little bit more switched on defensively".

"It is very hard because the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world".

Maurizio Sarri arrived in English football with a to-do list and a half, and barely any time to get stuck into it. While the conventional wisdom at the start of the season was that only Liverpool could challenge Manchester City for the title, Chelsea have showed they are genuine contenders.

And Sarri admitted he will have to change his approach: 'I have to look at all competitions.


"Ninety minutes are 90 minutes". Later, the manager also spoke about their chances of breaking into the team, which look rather faint. "I'll be surprised if you come back here, but you know you're always welcome". Every moment was done only between the Europa League, League Cup and Premier League but in the future it will be different. "We defended well in Burnley then three days later [against Derby in the Carabao Cup] we weren't able to defend in the same way".

"Drinkwater, for me, is suitable for a midfield with two midfielders".

"In Naples, everybody wanted to win Serie A. Only Serie A. So maybe this atmosphere influenced my choices".

"I hope to recover nearly all the gap [to City], but I don't know".

It was around this time a year ago that Crystal Palace and Chelsea collided.

"I think also that Alvaro has very great potential, so I think he can improve more". I can say to the club my opinion about what I think I need but my job is to try to improve my players. He estimated before the game that Eden Hazard could manage around 40 minutes; in the end he was given just over 30, but took only two to make an impact.

"For now, I have to send to my players the message that only this match is important".

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