Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri on unbeaten record: 'I was lucky'


Maurizio Sarri believes Alvaro Morata has "great potential" after he scored twice in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. The 11 games in which Chelsea have avoided defeat in matches a 24-year-old record; if you guessed that the co-holder is Frank Clark of Nottingham Forest, then congratulations, claim your prize!

On Wednesday when Sarri named a largely second team in the Carabao Cup clash with Derby County, Moses was not even in the matchday squad prompting questions on his continued stay with the London side.

But as the domestic schedule intensifies in December, Sarri said he expects that situation to change. It is unsafe to not have continuity, we need to improve continuity.

"For now, I have to send to my players the message that only this match is important". In the future we need to become a very solid team.

Chelsea's game against Crystal Palace can be viewed by United Kingdom residents on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky and channels 501 and 502 respectively for Virgin Media users. If Jorginho can play his game, Chelsea will come out on top.

'Today I think a lot about the hat-trick it's not good, I'm improving, I want to work and to help my team.

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As Sarrismo has Chelsea applying constant pressure on opposition defences, the Blues have nearly always managed to get at exhausted opponents as the game goes on - as shown with Barkley's 96th-minute equaliser against Manchester United. We need to cover immediately the lost ball.

"Sometimes we are in the wrong positions like in the last matches, so it is impossible to recover the ball and not to give spaces to the opponent for the counter-attacks".

January offers a chance for Chelsea to bolster their defensive options but Sarri, who has previously described the transfer market as "the refuge of the weak", is determined to find solutions on the training pitch.

Fellow podcast guest Duncan Castles added: "I think it's a factor in the sense that Real Madrid have to calculate as you do when you are hiring any manager whether it's going to be successful". "It is too easy to go into the market for every problem".

The Belgian worldwide returned to training on Thursday but Sarri says he's not ready to play the full ninety minutes just yet so Hazard may have to make-do with a place on the bench. So I think the rotation is good.