Our defensive and attacking work at Turf Moor pleased Maurizio Sarri, who also expressed his sympathies to everyone connected with Leicester City after today’s game.
The 4-0 victory over Burnley was our biggest win since Sarri’s arrival, and it extended our unbeaten run this season to 14 games. But before focusing on what happened on the pitch, the boss had a message following the tragic events off it in Leicester yesterday.
‘Before speaking about football, I want to say I am really very sorry about what happened yesterday in Leicester. I am really very sorry for the family, the club, the players, the fans. I think we have to talk about it before speaking only about football.’
Sarri was then asked if it was our most complete performance of the season so far
‘I don’t know. We were in trouble the first 10 minutes. They started very well, very aggressively. They pressed in our half. We were in trouble.
‘Then we started to move the ball very well, very fast. The advantage was only a consequence of that. We managed the second half better than in other matches.
‘We defended better than in the last three matches, apart from the first 10 minutes. We were able to cover the men who had the ball in the other half. So: very good, very good.’
Alvaro Morata opened the scoring with his third goal in four appearances
‘Alvaro today played well. He went to the ball when it was necessary. He went deep when it was necessary. He played a very good game. Probably he could have scored more, he had three or four opportunities, but he scored a good goal. The last three or four matches can be a good restart for him.’
Ross Barkley then doubled our advantage with his third goal in three league games
‘Barkley is doing very well. In this period, he is playing really very well.
‘He has improved very much in the defensive phase. He has improved his physical condition. Last season was very difficult with a very serious injury.
‘He is a very good player from the technical point of view. Now I think Ross is complete.’
Eden Hazard was out injured and Sarri was pleased with the way his players responded
‘I want Hazard in every match if it’s possible. We have a lot of very good players, but Hazard is something different. I am very happy the team was able to score seven goals in two matches without Hazard. It’s a very good sign.
‘I want Eden as soon as possible. I don’t know for Wednesday, but I hope for Sunday.’
Sarri also provided an update on Pedro who went off injured on the half-hour
‘I spoke with the doctor for a few seconds. He said it was a very strong stomach ache.’
In his Chelsea TV interview, Sarri also wished Glenn Hoddle well. Our former player-manager remains in a serious condition after collapsing yesterday
'Gianfranco told me this yesterday at dinner. I am really very sorry for him and I hope to see him on television very, very soon.'