After watching his side fall to a first home defeat of the campaign against Leicester this afternoon, Maurizio Sarri said he was surprised by the reaction of the team after we’d fallen behind.
Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game early in the second half, after the Blues had been on top during the opening 45 minutes.
Sarri provided his thoughts on the afternoon’s events.
‘I think we played very well for 55 minutes, we played very good football,’ said the Italian. ‘After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players and so it was very strange.
‘I think we could have done better in the reaction. We only had to continue to play as in the first part of the match, there was time to score without a reaction as a team shocked, as a team in mental confusion.'
He was asked why he thought that had happened
'I don’t know. If I knew I would have solved the problem before this match. It’s difficult to understand because we have players with lots of experience.'
Sarri introduced both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud after we’d conceded
‘I wanted only to be more present, also physically in the other box, but apart from the subs the reaction wasn’t in the right way. If the reaction is like this you can change 11 players, it’s the same.’
Eden Hazard was deployed as a central striker for the third Premier League game in a row
‘I was really very happy at the end of the first half because we played very well, we were dangerous, we conceded nothing to the opponents, so I was very happy with the team and our deployment of Hazard as a striker. After the goal his position wasn’t important.’
We now face two consecutive away games, starting with a trip to Watford on Boxing Day
‘It’s important to play again in four days, maybe positive, maybe negative, it depends on our reaction after the match. In the match we had a bad reaction, now it depends on the reaction in the next three days, I think it’s important to play immediately.’