SARRI REVEALS THE TACTIC CHELSEA PLAYERS ASKED HIM TO CHANGE AGAINST TOTTENHAM

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Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to keep ourselves in the race to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season while also dragging Tottenham into the top four battle.

Pedro scored the opening goal in the second half before Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier scored an own goal.

The win against Tottenham came after the penalty shootout loss to Manchester City on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed after the game against Tottenham that the players asked to press further back during the game as they were feeling the strain having played 120 minutes against City just three days ago at Wembley.

“At the beginning of the match, we pressed really very high,” Sarri said.

“We recovered 10 balls in the opposing half. Then it was really very difficult for us because we played 120 minutes three days ago, so the players asked me to press a little bit lower.

“Of course I agreed because they defended really very well.

“But we defended very well in the final as well against City. In the match against Malmo, in the last three matches we’ve defended very well with a level of application and attention higher than before.

“But I think that the level of aggression we have was good.

“It’s not enough to say ‘stop Kane’. Kane is a great player, but it’s not enough to say to the defenders: ‘Stop Kane.’ You have to stop the opponents before Kane.”

Sarri dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga for the victory over Tottenham following his refusal to be substituted in the shootout loss to Manchester City on Sunday.

Sarri revealed after the game against Tottenham that Kepa will keep his place as Chelsea’s No.1 despite dropping him down to the bench for Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Spurs.

“It was the right decision,” Sarri said of his decision to drop Kepa for the game against Tottenham.

“Kepa made a big mistake. He paid with the club and now the team. Kepa for tomorrow will be with us. I don’t know if the next match he will be with us, but in one of the next two for sure. “We cannot kill him. When you are young you make mistakes, but you need to understand.”

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