Sarri Reveals What He Told The Players At Halftime Against Watford

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Chelsea were booed off at halftime at Stamford Bridge after a poor first half performance against Watford.

The Blues were a better side in the second half, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain scoring to help secure a 3-0 win for the Blues.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed after the game that he told the players nothing in the dressing room at halftime despite the poor first half performance.

Asked what he told the players to inspire the second half turnaround, Sarri said: “Nothing.

“I think that, in the first half, we were in trouble because we were tired: physically and mentally. Then, in the second half, they lowered their intensity so we were in control of the match. We were lucky, of course, because we scored after two minutes.

“After the first goal, probably we improved mentally and we were able to play very well for 30-35 minutes. In the first half we were tired and in trouble, I think tired more mentally than physically. But it’s not easy to play after 60 hours.

“In the past, after a match away in the Europa League, we won only one match. And so it’s not easy, as you can see in the last month. Not only for us, but for every team. Apart from Liverpool.”

Sarri also responded to the fans’ decision to boo the players at halftime.

“I don’t know [if their reaction was harsh] but, in the first half, we were not able to play simply. We were playing…driving the ball…we were not able to think in a simple way,” he said.

“When you are not brilliant, physically, you have to move the ball, one touch or two touches. The ball is not tired. The man is tired. And so, in the second half, we did it better, better and better, probably because something changed in our minds after the first goal.”

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