7 October 2018

Sarri Wants More From Defence  (Sky Sports)

Maurizio SarriMaurizio Sarri has called for improvement from Chelsea's defence despite keeping a clean sheet in their comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton.

Sarri remains unbeaten as Chelsea boss in the Premier League after this latest victory made it six wins from their opening eight games.

Ross Barkley set up Eden Hazard for the opener before scoring himself from close range (57) and Alvaro Morata made it 3-0 in injury-time.

Despite the convincing scoreline, Southampton created some clear openings, including a jaw-dropping miss from Danny Ings from three yards out.

Sarri feels Chelsea can still improve in their defensive play.

He told Sky Sports: "We played a very good match. I am very happy for our fans because I think our support today was excellent. I'm very happy for the players - but we can do more.

"In the defensive phase we can do more. In the second half we have given them two or three opportunities."

Barkley was a shining light in Chelsea's midfield, buoyed by being recalled to the England squad in midweek.

The former Everton man has struggled since joining for £15m in January but has impressed Sarri with his application.

Sarri said: "He scored, so I'm very, very happy. I was pleased with what I saw from him in the beginning - every week he is getting better, so he is improving match by match. I'm happy for him and also the national team."

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