Maurizio Sarri: Finding strength in adversity

Maurizio Sarri believes what happened at Wembley last Sunday has had a galvanising effect on him, his staff as well as the players.

The substitution that didn’t happen in the closing minutes of extra-time in the Carabao Cup final took the headlines from what had been a very good Chelsea performance that was ultimately not rewarded with silverware when Man City defeated us on penalties.

Sarri admitted the aftermath of the incident was tough but he now considers the matter closed, and actually thinks it has brought everyone at the club closer together.

‘When there is a difficult situation, I think it’s very difficult for everybody, but it’s a big opportunity,’ Sarri said.

‘We have to take the opportunity. Of course it was a very bad experience, but I think we can come out of the situation better than before. When there is a very difficult experience you can come out of it always different than before, better or worse. I think from this situation we came out better.

‘For the players it was a useful experience for staying more united. And also for me, with my staff and my players. We feel closer together.’

Sarri has also commented on the current situation at left-back after Marcos Alonso returned to the starting XI for the midweek win over Tottenham and produced one of his top performances of the campaign.

‘You have to accept a player cannot stay at the top of the physical condition or mental condition for 11 months,’ said Sarri, considering Alonso’s previous performances for us.

‘We were lucky because in that period we had a very good moment for Emerson. Now I think Marcos started to return to his best.’

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