Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri named a strange line-up for the game against Liverpool which the Blues lost 2-0 at Anfield.
Sarri opted to play without a recognized striker as he went for a front three of Eden Hazard, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Willian, with the Belgian playing as a false nine.
Sarri’s starting line-up seemed to have hurt the team as Hazard struggled again as a false nine, while Hudson-Odoi couldn’t combine with the rest of the forward players as he seemed confused at playing without a striker. But the game took a different turn as Sarri decided to play Hazard in his more favoured position from the wing, and the Belgian became threatening all of a sudden.
Speaking about his tactics after the game, Sarri revealed that the team’s plan was to defend deep against Jurgen Klopp’s men, hold them 0-0 and then push for a goal in the last 20 to 25 minutes of the game.
Sarri said: “We were a little bit low in defending at the beginning of the second half but we also defended a little bit low at the start of the first half, because Liverpool are able to approach the start of the first and the second halves in a very strong way. So it is not easy to play against them in that moment.
“If we were able to pass the first 10 minutes [of the second half] with the same result, in the last 20 or 25 minutes we could find a lot of spaces, because Liverpool needed to win, and so the target was to arrive in the last 20 to 25 minutes 0-0.”
Sarri also revealed that his side were unlucky wit Liverpool’s quickfire second goal and the missed chances.
Sarri said: “Of course Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe at this moment, they played very well for 90 minutes but we stayed in the match very well today..
“We were a little unlucky for the timing of the second goal. Salah is a talent, his goal was wonderful, but we were little bit unlucky for the timing and then a little bit unlucky as in three minutes we had three goal opportunities, two for Hazard and one for Higuain and we hit the post.”