Maurizio Sarri has revealed that his side could not cope with Liverpool’s high intensity in the second half as they succumbed to a crushing 2-0 defeat.
Shedding further light on Chelsea’s shortcomings, the Italian said :
“Our plan was to arrive in the last 25 minutes at 0-0 because of course, they needed to win, and we knew we could find a lot of spaces then,” he said.
“But they are such a difficult side to play against.”
“You know they can approach the first 10 minutes of the half in a very strong way with great intensity. We came through that in the first half, but the second half we defended too low,” the Italian added.
“We stayed in the match where three months ago we wouldn’t have been able to do that. So we are improving.
“It’s very difficult because here in England, the standard is really high, to close the gap the on Manchester City and Liverpool it will be very, very difficult.
“But now we are really very close to the other teams. I think it was a great game of football even though we lost.
“Liverpool are one of the great teams in Europe at this moment, but we stayed in the match until the end.”