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Conference Call: We showed great character

Maurizio Sarri was impressed with the way his young side reacted to going behind in the second half tonight, and the boss also had an update on Alvaro Morata’s condition after the striker limped off.

Sarri made 10 changes to Saturday’s team and witnessed an entertaining game containing some fine goals, two of which were free-kicks scored by Willian, to put us ahead, and Olivier Giroud, to level things up after Vidi had turned the game around either side of the break.

It was far from a flawless performance, but after saying yesterday it would be hard for our players to find the right motivation seeing we had already qualified, Sarri expressed his pleasure at the outcome…

‘We made a lot of mistakes from a tactical point of view, but I am very happy with the character, with our reaction to their second goal,’ he said.

‘On the pitch there were a lot of young players so it wasn’t easy to react. We made mistakes: we lost a lot of balls, we could have used the ball better, but at the end I am satisfied with the performance, especially from the young players.’

Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson started the game with the Welshman putting through his own net

‘The goal was not the fault of Ampadu. We were zonal marking, and at no point did we touch the ball in advance of the first zone, which is really a very big problem, so it’s not the fault of Ampadu.

‘Ampadu played a very good match, especially in a team like this. We need to consider that if Ampadu played in the usual team, it would be easier for him. Today we changed 10 players. It’s not easy for the young players to play in a new team like the one in this match.

‘I am also very happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi. Of course they need to improve, but they are on the right path.’

Morata went off after falling awkwardly on the stroke of half-time

‘The first reaction of the doctor is that maybe it’s not a very serious injury. In this kind of situation we have to wait until tomorrow to be sure the injury is not serious.’

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