Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Chelsea were lucky to get three points in the London derby with Fulham and has admitted that his players got nervous during the game.
The Blues have managed to beat the Cottagers 2-0 as Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were both on target on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.
However, Sarri’s men were not at their best form and the Italian boss revealed his side were lucky to get three points.
“We were in control of the match but we were nervous and it wasn’t easy to play,” Sarri said.
“Of course, it wasn’t easy the days after Tottenham for me and the players, but that we have thought too much about that match.”
“We lost a match after three and a half months. It can happen. So today it was important to react.”
N’Golo Kante, who provided an assist to Pedro, was criticised by Sarri in midweek. But, at this round, the former Napoli boss has changed articulation.
“He played very well. He defended very well. He needs to improve a little more from the tactical point of view but it’s natural.”
“In the national team, he usually plays with the two midfielders. Last season, sometimes with two midfielders and sometimes with three but in the same position. So it’s normal he needs to improve.”
Sarri also revealed his verdict on Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s current performance for Chelsea.
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The Italian boss said: “In the last three weeks, he has solved my problems. I was really very happy after the last match in the Europa League [against PAOK] because he played the best performance from the tactical point of view.
“I was really very happy. Today I saw Mateo Kovacic a bit tired, so I put him on the pitch without problems. I was sure about his impact in the match.”