We played with a very good level of confidence- Maurizio Sarri
Written by: Tushaar Sachdeva
The Blues have lost four of their last 10 games in all competitions.
The previous four games have been like a roller coaster ride for Chelsea. An away 4-0 loss to Bournemouth, 5-0 home win against Huddersfield, 6-0 away loss from Manchester City and now a 2-1 Europa League away win against Malmo. The Blues gaffer was pleased with the win after the rocky patch.
Goals from Ross Barkley and Oliver Giroud have given the advantage to Chelsea who will play the home fixture in a week's time.
"In the last period we've had the problem of up and down, up and down, 4-0, 5-0 to us, 6-0... so we need to have continuity and consistency," said Sarri.
Sarri added that they now need to approach every game with the same level of application, determination and attention.
"You know very well that, if you are in bad mental condition in England, in 10 days you can lose three or four very important matches. So we need consistency. We have to approach every match in the same way. It's not easy, but we have to try," he said.
"I am happy because we played with a very good level of confidence. It wasn't really very easy after the last match. But today we were confident because we moved the ball also inside our box," Sarri said.
Malmo pulled back a consolation goal in the last ten minutes of the game. Though they went on for an equaliser but had it settle for the loss.
"I think we played very well. We risked only on set-pieces, because they are more physical than us. We could have scored more, I think. But we conceded a goal on a mistake. Today, the level of application and attention was good. We made a mistake, I think, a material mistake. So it could have been better," the coach said.
He added, "We had three or four-goal opportunities when it was 2-0, so we could have killed the match. But I am happy with confidence. It wasn't easy to play with this confidence after the last match."
Chelsea have a crucial game before hosting Malmo on next Thursday. They will face Manchester United at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Published: Fri Feb 15, 2019 02:48 PM IST