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It’s been a season of progress and regress for Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri this season, as the Blues have shown some highs and lows this season.
Chelsea have been poor away from home against the big guns in the Premier League, and Sarri is hoping for progress in this aspect as he wants his team to be able to contain moments of pressure.
In games against Liverpool and Manchester United in the FA Cup, Chelsea conceded two quick goals in just a moment of pressure, and Sarri is hoping that the team can learn from this ahead of the clash at Old Trafford.
Sarri said in his press conference: “We need to take a step forward because in the second part of the season away we have lost too many matches, sometimes in the wrong way: Arsenal, Tottenham, City of course, not in Liverpool.
“So we need to improve. We need to face difficulties because for sure against these teams away you have to face difficulties. We need to be able to stay in the match in the 10 minutes of difficulty. Sometimes in the second part of the season we lost the match in 10 minutes.”
Sarri also pointed to recent home games against Slavia Prague and Burnley where we conceded a total of five goals from just set-pieces and shots from outside the box and Sarri wants an improvement here so as to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford.
“In the last two matches we had problems with the defensive phase. We conceded two goals from set-pieces in the last match. So the whole team was involved, not just the defenders.
“Against Slavia we conceded two goals from shots 20, 25 metres out, so the midfielders were also involved. We need to defend with more intensity and aggressiveness. The whole team needs to improve in the defensive phase.”