THIS IS WHERE CHELSEA MUST IMPROVE TO CHALLENGE STRONGLY AT THE TOP

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The quality of our attacking play has contributed immensely to our unbeaten start to the season but the Blues must be solid as a team if we want to achieve success this season.

This is according to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri wants Chelsea to press better in the opposition half and recover lost ball quickly.

“We need to improve in recovering the ball in the other half,” Sarri explains.

“We need to press in the opponents’ half. We need to recover immediately the lost ball and to do that we need to have good positions behind the line of the ball when we are in the offensive phase.

“Sometimes we are in the wrong positions, like in the last matches, so it is impossible to recover immediately the lost ball. It is impossible not to give to the opponents spaces for the counter-attacks. So we need first of all to improve in the offensive positions if we want to be solid.”

“In Empoli we had problems with a lot of injuries for the first few months,” Sarri added. “Then when everybody was available the situation went better and better in four or five matches. In Napoli we had problems for three or four matches, no more. Then we won 5-0 in the Europa League versus Bruges and three days after we won 5-0 against Lazio in Serie A and so we start.

“We have the same problem [at Chelsea] but the quality of the players is very high, so they are able to win matches with a very good offensive phase, but for the future we need to become a very solid team if we want to be competitive and win something. If you look at the league table, the first-place team Man City have conceded only three goals and the second team only four goals. So it is very important to be solid to be competitive.”

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