Maurizio Sarri questions players mentality again despite win

Football 12 January 2019 22:26 GMT

London, England- Chelsea players were let off the hook with Willian’s second half equaliser as the Blues had been pegged after Pedro‘s ninth minute goal was levelled by Ciaran Clark header with Maurizio Sarri calling out the lack of mentality.

Sarri speaking after the 2-1 win over Newcastle said: “I am really very happy with the result. I was really very happy with the performance at Tottenham. Today we started very well for ten minutes. After the goal I think we thought now it’s easy, but it wasn’t.

“We slept for 20, 25 minutes, so at the end of the first half we were in trouble. Better in the second half. We need to improve in the mental reaction. After our first goal something happened.

“We stopped to play for 25 minutes. We need to improve. It was really very important to get three points. It was really very important to score today. For now it’s enough.”

“It’s very difficult to understand. In the last five matches for us it really was very difficult to score. Today we scored after nine minutes, so the team thought today is very easy. We stopped to play and then we had problems.”

“We were not able to react in the right way to the difficulty. Today wasn’t a difficulty. We scored after nine minutes, so we had not to face difficulty.

“But in the last match, for the first time in Watford, we reacted very well to the 1-1, after the goal in the last minute of the first half. I think, apart from the result, we reacted really very well in the last match with Tottenham. Today we had only to manage a positive situation.

“I think we need to improve our mentality. Our mentality global, I think.”

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