Sunday 15 September 2019

'I'm interested in the 26th, not the 25th' - Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Carl Markham

Maurizio Sarri will show his Chelsea players a video nasty of their defeat to Leicester in a bid to eradicate a creeping error count.

Chelsea lost 1-0 to the Foxes in last Saturday's Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, leaving the fourth-placed Blues 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Jamie Vardy's neat finish sealed victory in a match where Eden Hazard struck the bar and Marcos Alonso a post.

Now Chelsea take on Watford at Vicarage Road today, with manager Sarri wholly uninterested in any Christmas cheer.

"Of course, we will prepare a video about the match," said Sarri.

"For every match we prepare a video after the match. We will prepare individual videos, the individual mistakes.

"I want to speak with the group first of all, then I want to speak with three, four, five players. I don't know how many at the moment.

"Of course we have to do everything just in order to avoid the same problem in the future."

Asked if he had even less interest in Christmas now than before the Leicester defeat, Sarri added: "Yes. Of course, now I am interested in the 26th, not the 25th."

Sarri believes Chelsea failed to produce the right reaction after slipping behind against Leicester, and insisted sharpening up is all the Blues should focus on ahead of facing Watford.

Alvaro Morata should boost Chelsea's forward line, with Sarri expecting the Spain hit man back from knee trouble.

"In this moment we have to think about us; only about our team," said Sarri.

"The (Watford) match will be difficult - we know that very well. We have to study very well these kinds of opponents.

"I think now the most important thing is our reaction after the match.

"In the match the reaction was not in the right way.

"Now we have to think about the reaction after the match, just in order to prepare in the right way the next match."

Asked if Morata would be ready to face Watford, Sarri added: "We will have to see how he is but I think so, I think he will be able to play."

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