Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri urges his side to tighten up defensively

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri urges his side to tighten up defensively

'Today I think a lot about the hat-trick it's not good, I'm improving, I want to work and to help my team. We didn't use 26 players in Naples but I have to choose about this situation of the club.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are enduring a tough second season under Roy Hodgson and are now 14th in the Premier League, winless in their last five. It was clear in Naples, in the last season. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace were beaten by Championship side Middlesbrough in the same competition, their fifth consecutive game without a win.

"I think that we have worked very well. I think it's very hard to cover 30 points in six months, but we are trying".

"Maybe not for the top but we have to try to arrive close to the top. At the moment we can think only that we need to cover the gap".

However, while Sarri has stopped short of saying anything about the next line of action for Moses, the gaffer spoke at length about one of the winger's rivals, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

He thinks that players at Loftus-Cheek's age are capable of fighting to be at Chelsea.

"I don't know but I think that if you are 19 or 20 then it is better to go on loan", he concluded.

Few could have envisioned a better start under Sarri, whose players have nearly instantly adapted to his methods and expectations. Even without Eden Hazard they looked a class apart from Burnley last weekend, and were convincing winners.

That is broadly because Zaha is his club's biggest creative danger and its main goal threat, a man trying to be in two places at once. 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.

FW Willian, 6 - This was his 11th start in a row and while he generally looks more unsafe cutting in from the left flank, there was a noticeable lack of pop and imagination in his play against Palace's massed defensive ranks.

"But then when you return you have the same problem". For me Cahill is important on and off the pitch as captain'.

Chelsea have conceded only seven goals in their first 10 Premier League games, in which they have remained unbeaten, but Sarri is concerned that his team have conceded twice against both Arsenal and Manchester United, while they also let two in against Derby in 3-2 victory in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

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