Maurizio Sarri’s Post-match Press Conference After Chelsea’s Hard-fought Victory Vs Videoton

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Chelsea have battled to a 1-0 win over Hungarian champions Videoton at Stamford Bridge thanks to a 70th-minute strike from Alvaro Morata.

Alvaro Morata rescued his side by netting just his second goal of the season, and his first in seven games, to break down the visitors’ resolute defence. Here’s every word from Chelsea’s boss Maurizo Sarri after the game

A hard match…

“Yes. It has been very hard. In the first half we had opportunities for scoring. We didn’t do it and so the second half has been very hard. I think it was an important three points. We have created a lot of goal opportunities but we have conceded two, three opportunities to the opponents and I think we have to do better in the defensive phase, in the positions under the line of the ball, to avoid the counter attacks of the opponents. We have to do better I think.”

Pleased for Alvaro Morata?

“Really very happy for him. It’s very important for him to score. I think it’s very important for him to play a very good match. He played a very good match. It’s very important for him to play for the mates, for the team, like this evening. I think Alvaro can restart from this performance.”

It seemed he had a bit of rough treatment, do you think he did?

“I don’t know. I don’t want to talk about the opponents. They played their match. I think Alvaro has to think only about our match, only about the result, only about the mates and not about the opponents. It’s not important.”

Will this goal and being recalled by Spain give him confidence?

“I hope so. But, as I said before, he has to restart again, from the performance. He played very well, better than in the last period and so we can restart with this performance. He has to be confident for the performance. Sometimes you can score, sometimes not, but the performance is important.”

Of course, for us he’s a very important player. At the moment we have Alvaro and Giroud, but we have to play every three days for a long time, I think, I hope, and so he’s a very important player for us, for our season. Both, Alvaro and Olivier.”

Were the missed chances frustrating?

“I was not happy, but I think it can happen. I was worried about the fact that we have conceded three goal opportunities to the opponents, for our mistakes. I am not worried if we don’t score for 45 minutes.”

Morata seemed emotional after his goal…

“I don’t know, but if after a goal he wants to cry, I hope to see him cry very often.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek played over an hour, has he done enough to play on Sunday?

“I have to see tomorrow the recovery of the player. He has played for the first team from the beginning, he has played for the first time for 65, 70 minutes. I want to see tomorrow the recovery of the player.”

Worried about the Thursday/Sunday matches?

“This match we have changed eight players. In Greece I think only five, maybe, five or six. I hope we can do better than West Ham.”

Were you surprised by how stubborn MOL Vidi were?

“They are very organised for the defensive phase. They defended very low, but well. I was surprised because they were dangerous in the counter-attacks. I was surprised about it, not about the defensive phase.”

Ross Barkley got called up to the England squad…

“I’m very happy for him. He had a very serious injury last season. Now he’s recovering very well. He’s improving match by match, week by week. I’m really very happy with him. I think he can have a very important future in this club and in the national team.”

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