Conference Call: Suddenly a different team

Maurizio Sarri was at a loss to explain why his team reacted so badly to conceding having previously looked comfortable against Wolves.

We had enjoyed the vast majority of possession and chances at Molineux with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s sixth goal of the season edging us ahead early on, but Wolves equalised shortly before the hour with what Sarri described as an ‘accident’.

It was what happened thereafter that was of most concern to the boss as he analysed a difficult night in the Black Country…

‘We played very well for 55 minutes,’ Sarri began. ‘After their first goal, that was an accident because we were in full control of the match, we were suddenly another team, without the right distances and without our football. I don’t know why.

‘I am very worried, not with the result, but for the fact we didn’t react to the first goal of the opponent. We didn’t react at all. I worried about this.’

Alvaro Morata had a penalty shout shortly after the interval

‘I don’t know, but I saw in the first 10 minutes of the second half we could have scored four goals. I don’t want to discuss the referee, because we had other opportunities and we missed them. I think it’s better if we think about everything we can control.’

Willian wanted a foul in the build-up to Wolves’ second goal

‘I don’t know if there was a foul or not. It’s more important to talk about our attitude after the first goal. We were not the same team as before.

‘We were longer, we were not compact, we were without the right distances between the players. I don’t want to discuss if there was a foul on Willian or not. It’s not important for me. I have to understand why the team suddenly was another team. We had to play 30, 35 minutes. It wasn’t a big problem.’

Sarri made five changes to his starting XI and considered whether that was the right decision

‘If you asked me after 55 minutes I would say yes, I am really very happy. Then we lost everything: our football, the result, everything, for an accident, a goal. It can happen.

‘I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team. We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.’

We host the champions and league leaders next

‘Manchester City are in another category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four. The result is very difficult for this, because I know in every match you have to gain points.

‘In the last championship in Italy I lost Serie A with 91 points, so I know very well you have to gain points in every match.

‘City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world. They can win the Champions League, but that depends on moments. Last season I think they were the best team in the Champions League, but they played two matches not in the best moment of the season.'