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Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening to climb up to second spot on the table, and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri wasn’t happy with his team’s defending.

Speaking to the media before the game against Palace, Sarri admitted that he isn’t happy with the team’s defending.

Asked if Chelsea’s defence has been sorted out ahead of the game against Crystal Palace, Sarri said: “No, no.

“In the last match against Derby they played a very good match. I think we played well in the offensive phase, many mistakes in the defensive phase.

“It is clear that we have to improve in the defensive phase. I am used in the first months to have problems like this.

“At Burnley I saw a very good performance defensively and three days after I saw a lot of mistakes. It means we are not a solid team at the moment with continuity, it is dangerous.”

Chelsea couldn’t keep a clean sheet against the Eagles as Andros Townsend scored from his first shot on target and Chelsea have now conceded eight goals already in the league this season.

Sarri insisted after the game that Chelsea must improve in the defence.

He said: “We need to improve more because we are doing well.

“We need to improve from a tactical point of view. In the first 15 minutes of the second half we were not compact.

“In the defensive phase we need to improve. When we can’t cover the ball in the opponent’s half we are in trouble. So we need to improve.”

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