THE MATCH WAS HARD, SARRI ADMITS

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Chelsea fought hard to beat a difficult MOL Vidi FC side in the Europa League clash on Thursday night.

Chelsea were expected to beat Vidi comprehensively, but it had to take a 70th minute strike from Alvaro Morata to seal the victory for Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted after the game that it was a difficult encounter. Chelsea created lots of scoring opportunities in the first half, but failed to convert any and Sarri blamed the team’s inability to score in the first half as the reason why the Blues experienced a more difficult second half.

Sarri said: “It was very hard. In the first half we had opportunities for scoring. We didn’t do it, and so the second half was very hard.

“We created a lot of goalscoring opportunities, but we conceded two or three opportunities to the opponents, and we have to do better in the defensive phase, in the positions under the line of the ball to avoid counter-attacks.”

Sarri also admitted that he was surprised with Vidi’s organization in defence and how they were able to pull some nice counterattacking moves.

He said: “They are very organised in their defensive phase. They defended very low but well.

“I was surprised because they were dangerous in the counter-attacks.”

Before the game, Vidi’s captain Roland Juhász warned that his side didn’t come to London to take pictures and true to his words, the Hungarian side made the game difficult for Chelsea.

He said: “We didn’t come to London just to take pictures and admire our opponents with our mouths agape. I joined Vidi six years ago precisely because I believed that we could play in matches like this.”

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