How Maurizio Sarri restored Chelsea's focus after testing week

How Maurizio Sarri restored Chelsea's focus after testing week

Maurizio Sarri believes a lack of "movement" in his Chelsea side has hindered the performances of Jorginho during his debut season.

Argentina global Higuain joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus during the January transfer window, and scored his first goals as a Blue at the weekend, netting an expertly taken brace against Huddersfield.

Sarri replaced Antonio Conte during the summer and one of his first signings was midfielder Jorginho. Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball really fast at one-touch.

Three days after shutting himself in the Vitality Stadium dressing room with his players for the best part of 40 minutes after the 4-0 shock defeat to Bournemouth, Sarri could not have wished for a more ideal fixture.

"It was a good discussion, important for everyone and we showed it was important for us to make a point". If Giroud or I play as striker we always try and help each other. "We will defend well and then we will score one goal or two". "He likes to knock the ball down and that's why Eden Hazard likes playing with him but Higuaín just does it with a bit more quality". We attacked the spaces and so I think we played our football.

The former Napoli boss was also asked about whether Ngolo Kante can play in Jorginho's position, to which he confirmed in the affirmative, albeit only with limited effect. "This is the only reason because in my opinion Jorginho played a very good match".

"We are trying during training with two players", he added. But head coach Sarri believes that the Croat Kovacic can act as the flawless back-up when needed, putting him above Ethan Ampadu for that role.

"It may be that for his characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team".

"All the teams chasing the top four positions are feeling the breath of Manchester United on their shoulders and I would expect them to find a way to finish in the top four", declares Petit.

"He's intelligent", said Hazard.

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