Sarri urges his players to bounce back at Watford on Boxing Day
Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Leicester City last week and Maurizio Sarri wasn’t at all impressed by the way his team reacted after going 1-0 down. Eden Hazard missed a golden opportunity as the Belgian hit the post from a one-on-one situation but the Blues weren’t able to muster a meaningful reply after they went 1-0 down to Jamie Vardy’s goal 10 minutes into the second half.
And Sarri has urged his players to prove their mettle against Watford at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day. The Blues are currently 4th in the standings, just ahead of Arsenal on goal difference and they will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
“I think that at this moment we have to think about us, only about our team,” said the former Napoli coach.
“The match is difficult. We know we have to study this kind of opponent very well [but] I think that now the most important thing is our reaction after the [Leicester] match.
“In the match our reaction was not in the right way and now we have to think about our reaction after the match, just in order to prepare in the right way.”
It means that while their fans might be enjoying some of their favourite Christmas films, Chelsea’s players will be settling down to pour over their own video nasties.
“I think that I have an idea about what happened [against Leicester], so I want only a confirmation,” explained Sarri.
“We will prepare a video for the individual mistakes. I want to speak with the group first of all and then I want to speak with three, four, five players. I don’t know how many at the moment.
“But we have to do everything to avoid the same problem in the future. It is not easy.”