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Chelsea have enjoyed a good start to the season having not lost a single game in all competitions. But Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season came to a halt after a 3-1 loss to Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham dominated the game and Chelsea couldn’t cope with Spurs high pressing and were clearly the better side. The difference between both sides in the game was the level of intensity to which they both approached the game, and Spurs players looked fitter than Chelsea’s.

Maurizio Sarri has now revealed that Chelsea players have blamed the international break as the reason for their bad display.

After revealing he’d spoken to each member of his squad individually, Sarri admitted: “Somebody told me that the international break was a problem, a problem to be better and to be immediately better at 100%.

“But I don’t know. Maybe for Tottenham it was easier because the players of Tottenham played here in London, played on Sunday, on Monday they were all together. But the situation was similar.

“I talk player by player, I have a meeting for five or ten minutes player by player. Individual meetings.

“As I said, we lost a match after three and a half months, so we have to understand why, especially from a mental point of view, it’s difficult for me to understand why we had no determination in such an important match.

“Because if you have no determination, maybe you have no motivation, and if you have no motivation maybe you don’t have a clear target in the mind. So I wanted to understand this.”

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