Chelsea supervisor, Maurizio Sarri, has lauded his staff’s spirit after they gained 1-Zero win at Slavia Prague, regardless of a poor efficiency on Thursday.

The Blues lead their Europa League quarter-final tie after the primary leg, due to Marcos Alonso’s late header.

Sarri stated he had all the time anticipated a stern check towards Slavia, however was happy to see the Blues present their character.

“I believe we knew very properly that it could be actually very troublesome.

“The opponents are very bodily, very aggressive and so we knew we needed to face difficulties throughout the match. We have been capable of entrance up and face them properly after which, within the second half, we have been capable of play higher.

“We have to assume the second leg will likely be troublesome, too, as a result of these opponents are harmful away – like within the spherical towards Genk. We should be cautious.

“I’m proud of the outcome and in addition the efficiency as a result of, on this second, we have been capable of undergo [and come through]. Up to now, we weren’t capable of undergo in troublesome moments.

“This isn’t for the primary time however prior to now, once we have been in bother, we conceded instantly. Now we are able to battle and undergo with out conceding. That’s a step ahead,” Sarri advised BT Sport.

Eden Hazard began on the bench, whereas Callum Hudson-Odoi was neglected fully, with Sarri suggesting {the teenager} wanted a relaxation.

On Hazard, the coach stated: “I wished him on the bench as a result of I assumed this match can be troublesome and I’d most likely want to make use of him.

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“If we have been 1-0 [up] at half-time, I wouldn’t have used him.”


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