Chelsea crashed out of the FA Cup after the 2-0 loss to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night after Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba scored for the visitors in the first half.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists Chelsea were the better side despite the defeat and urged his players to be more aggressive at both ends of the pitch if we are to get back to winning matches on a consistent basis.
“I think with the result we were unlucky because in the first half we played better than the opponent and at the end of the first half it was 2-0,” Sarri said.
“In the second half it was really very difficult to play. They are a very physical team and defended low and compact. We played confusing football in the second half but in the first half we played well.
“We need to be more aggressive and determined with situations in our box and the opposition box because the difference was there. We played 78 balls in the opposing box and United played only 16 in ours, but the result was 2-0, so that was the difference.”
Chelsea fans turned on the Italian in the second half after he opted to replace Mateo Kovacic with Ross Barkley, the 20th time Sarri has switched the two midfielders in a game this season. Fans were also not happy with Sarri’s decision to bring in Davide Zappacosta for Cesar Azpilicueta with Chelsea trailing 2-0.
Asked for his thoughts on the reaction of the fans, Sarri said: “I’m worried about the results, not the fans. Of course I can understand the situation and I can understand our fans because the result wasn’t good and we are out of the FA Cup, but I’m worried at the moment about our results.
“It’s very easy (to create a more positive feeling). If we are able to win three or four matches in a row it will be very easy. It’s difficult to win five matches in a row.”