Chelsea beat Brighton 2-1 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday as we opened a three-point gap with fifth-placed Arsenal, who lost 3-2 at Southampton.
Eden Hazard provided the assist for Pedro’s opener before he finished a fine pass from Willian to give Chelsea a two goal lead at half time. Solly March scored for Brighton in the second half as the host grew into the game in the second half.
Asked about his thoughts on Chelsea’s performance against Brighton, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said: “I think we could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes, I think.
“We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match, and so, in my mind, it was clear in that moment that we have to suffer in the last five minutes with the long balls into the box.
“We are not a physical team. With the substitutions, I tried to have a more physical impact for the last five minutes, but it was clear it was really very difficult in the last five minutes. We could have won really very better.”
Asked why Chelsea switched off in the second half and let Brighton into the game, Sarri added: “I think that when we have the feeling of being in full control of the match, we are dangerous for ourselves. Suddenly the level of application and attention is lowered.
“I think [their goal was] the first situation in our box after 30 minutes. I think we a bit unlucky. The feeling when we are in confidence, when we are sure of being in control of the match, is dangerous for us.”
Asked if the players were complacent after being in control against Brighton, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I don’t know.”