It was another pleasing afternoon for Maurizio Sarri as he watched his side maintain our 100 per cent start to the new season courtesy of a 2-0 victory against Bournemouth.
Pedro and Eden Hazard were on target for the Blues, with both goals arriving in the second half, and with Bournemouth defending so well it was a case of being patient and waiting for an opening.
As he reflected on the game, Sarri said he always felt we would make the breakthrough.
‘I am happy with the result and performance,’ said the Italian. ‘It was a very difficult game, they are very organised in the defensive phase, they defended very well.
'In the first half it was difficult and maybe we needed to move the ball at a higher speed and have some better movements, but in this kind of match usually you can win in the last 20 or 25 minutes.’
Sarri explained why he replaced Alvaro Morata with Olivier Giroud on the hour
‘It depends on the situation on the pitch. At that moment we crossed three, four or five times in three minutes so I thought Giroud, in that moment, was better, but only for that reason. Alvaro is improving and maybe he needs more space. But I’m lucky because in that situation Giroud is very useful.’
The Blues boss was full of praise for Marcos Alonso following another impressive display from the Spaniard
‘Alonso at the moment, in this left-back position, is maybe the best in Europe. He has physical qualities at the top level, he’s doing very well in the offensive phase but I think he can improve in the defensive phase. So if he improves in the defensive phase he could be the best left-back in the world.’
It’s now four wins from our first four games, but Sarri believes there is still more to come from his side
‘At the moment I’m very happy with my players. They are doing very well in the week and in matches. I’m really very happy to have points from four matches but I always think we can do more, we can improve.
‘Now for us it’s better to think only about the next match. The gap at the beginning was 30 points (behind Manchester City last season) so it’s very difficult to recover this gap in only one season, but I’m very happy with the four matches.’