Sarri claims he’s “lucky” after Chelsea’s latest win
Maurizio Sarri said he’s luck following latest 3-1 winning against Crystal Palace as Alvaro Morata doubled and Pedro goals on Sunday.
Chelsea wins last match after Sarri sent benched Eden Hazard to the ground to inspire the Blues.
“I very proud to be the coach of this team,” he said. “The record is not one of the coach, but of the team.
“I was lucky. I have very good players, and my players, in the last two months, were able to win also without a great level of organisation from the tactical point of view. I was lucky, I think.”
Without a central striker, Palace deployed the mobile Wilf Zaha and Townsend up front and Max Meyer had two shooting chances in the opening quarter.
Morata opened the scoring with a clinical finish after 32 minutes when Pedro’s first cross was cut out when he was offside – and he retreated to get back into the game to fire home from his fellow Spaniard’s second cross.
Palace made them pay after the break when Townsend exchanged passes with James McArthur to race past David Luiz to fire home his first Premier League goal of the season.
“We need to improve from a tactical point of view,” Sarri stated. “In the first 15 minutes of the second half we were not compact. In the defensive phase we need to improve. When we can’t cover the ball in the opponent’s half we are in trouble. So we need to improve.”
“We were a little bit in trouble so we needed some quality and personalty,” Sarri admitted. “We were lucky because we had Eden on the bench. I spoke yesterday with the doctor and he said he was doing better but, for me, is not able to play for 90 minutes. So I asked for the bench, and he said I could try. But no more than 30 minutes. We were lucky.
“Immediately, the first minute, I think, he was able to change our match. But you know Hazard is Hazard. He’s able to do this very often.”