Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Sarri downplays Chelsea's title chances despite beating Arsenal

Sarri downplays Chelsea's title chances despite beating Arsenal

Hazard, whose contract expires in two years, has had to settle for two substitute appearances under Maurizio Sarri, setting up Chelsea's third in their 3-0 win over Huddersfield, then he assisted Marcos Alonso's late victor in a thrilling 3-2 victory at home to Arsenal.

The Belgian was influential off the bench as Chelsea edged out Arsenal in a topsy-turvy 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Alvaro Morata also scoring just his third Premier League goal of 2018.

Mkhitaryan followed Aubameyang's example by somehow also blazing over an nearly identical chance from close range.

In a tighter second half, neither side could carve out as many chances but Alonso settled the game when Belgium winger Eden Hazard, on as a substitute, carved open the Arsenal defence for the Spanish defender to finish in Sarri's first home game in charge.

And Arsenal were made to rue those misses when Alonso struck late to give Chelsea the points.

Arsenal make the trip to west London to face Chelsea in Saturday's Premier League game.

'We are very happy because we deserved the victory.

He, however, remained Arsenal's most risky player, causing Cesar Azpilicueta and the Chelsea defence lots of problems.

Unai Emery's men got their season started with a 2-0 home defeat to champions Manchester City on match day one.

When asked about our approach to the Chelsea game, Emery said: "First, we want to build a competitive team".

Emery's decision was a welcome one for many Gunners supporters, as was evident from their reaction on Twitter.

"I want to give them the chances in each match and maybe we need a lot of matches for the chances for every player but we started with the pre-season and every player is playing for chances and minutes and with all the competitions".

"We look for each other, we saw it against City when he came on".

"We had chances to do the first half, I think we need to control the second half better".

"In the first half we are creating chances to score, and for that I am happy, I am in the match thinking we are well on the pitch". Still, they haven't beaten us in 90 minutes in the six various games we have played in the a year ago, and we have kept a clean sheet on our last two visits, so don't give up hope!

"We are continuing this work and against Chelsea we are going to analyse the opposition. In the other 15 it was better to smoke, I think", Sarri, who is a heavy smoker, said.

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