Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn’t agree with the opinion that Chelsea played terribly in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea failed to muster a shot on target from open play against Manchester United. The Blues had just two shots on target and they both came in the 11minute through a David Luiz free-kick and a rebound shot from Pedro after United goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved Luiz’s free-kick.
Despite failing to test the United goalkeeper in open play, Sarri believes Chelsea had a good first half against Manchester United. According to Sarri, Chelsea lost to Manchester United despite playing well.
“The problem is the performance and result against City. For that match they are right because we played very badly,” Sarri said.
“We had no mentality or soul, so for that match they are right. I don’t agree for the last match because we played a good match, especially in the first half, the second half was difficult because they are physical.
“We played well, we lost an episode.”
Chelsea will play Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday after Thursday’s Europa League game against Malmo at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri wants the players to focus on the game against Malmo.
“Sunday is too far, we need to think of this match. It’s a chance to qualify and we must think only of this and after the match in the Europa League we can start to think of the other matches,” Sarri said.
“We need to be focused because it is not an easy match, they are a physical team and dangerous in the opposite box and in set pieces, they are dangerous away because they qualified away in Istanbul against a very good team in Besiktas.
“We need to be careful.”
Sarri also revealed three players are unavailable for the game against Malmo on Thursday.
“We have some problems – Zappacosta has a fever, Pedro has a stomach ache and then we have a problem with Kepa and his hamstring,” Sarri said.
“I hope he will be okay for Sunday.”