Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri on victory at Brighton and an update on Eden Hazard's injury

Maurizio Sarri. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Maurizio Sarri. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri felt his side could have won more comfortably at Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon, reports James Wootton.

Chelsea won 2-1 at the Amex with first half goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard. Solly March got a goal back on 66 minutes but Chelsea held on to win, despite Eden Hazard limping off in the closing stages.

Here are the key points from Sarri's post-match press conference.

On the win

“I think that we could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes. We conceded the goal in a moment when we were in full control of the match.

“In my mind, it was clear in that moment that we have to suffer in the last five minutes with the long balls in the box, we are not a physical team. I tried to add a more physical impact for the last five minutes but it was very difficult.

“I think that when we have the feeling to be in full control of the match, we are dangerous to ourselves because we lower the level of application and attention.”

Eden Hazard's injury

“Eden is okay, it’s only a knock. I spoke with the doctor five minutes ago and he said it’s not a big problem. Maybe one day to rest, two days at most.’

"I think that for us he can be very important in this position because he is able to come out and play and is able to create space. In that position I feel he has to improve in attacking the balls.”

Marcos Alonso's yellow card

“I don’t know because the situation was on the other part of the pitch. It’s not a big difference because there were only two minutes to play so maybe we would have finished the match with Giroud at centre back!”

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