Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes that his side “played their football” as the Blues returned back to winning ways by beating Malmo 2-1 in the first-leg of the round of 32 clash in the Europa League.
Chelsea came into the game on the back of a 6-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City in the Premier League, with Sarri lamenting the fact that the Blues did not play their style of football, but was satisfied with the way they responded against Malmo.
Maurizio Sarri on Malmö FFs fans;
“It’s always cool to play in front of fans like this. Even when they’re against you. The atmosphere was like in Neapel and in Neapel they often times have 50 000 people in the stands. It was fantastic.” pic.twitter.com/DxNVzyLlMe
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“Today, we played our football. We need to move the ball more forward and back. In the last period, we had a problem about up and down – 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 – we needed to have continuity and consistency,” he said as quoted by Sky Sports.
“We need to have the right application. If you have a bad mental application in England you can lose three or four matches. We need to have consistency. It is not easy, but we have to try.”
The Blues took a two-goal lead courtesy of Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud and held on to a win despite Malmo getting a goal back in the 80th minute. The Blues will look to continue to extend their winning run when they face Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday, the 18th of February.