Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri: 'Horrible' 15-minute spell shows Blues must improve

Paul Merson has predicted the Premier League results

That spell towards the end of the opening period may have left Sarri apprehensive, yet the no-smoking policy at English football stadiums meant he could not have a cigarette to calm down.

While there were rightfully questions over Marcos Alonso's ability to play as an out-and-out left back in Sarri's new-look 4-3-3 formation, fans around Stamford Bridge will hardly have been surprised by his start to the new campaign.

"I think we have done very well for 75 minutes - 15 minutes at the end of the first half was disgusting", he said. I still have two years of contract [left] and we'll see what happens.

"It is better to be on the pitch than on the bench, but the boys when they are playing did well, so if I'm on the pitch for 15 or 20 minutes, I do my best", he told BT Sport.

The 25-year-old struggled in the second half of last season, scoring just three times in 22 appearances, leading to increased speculation that he was set to depart West London after just one season. I remember better good things instead of the worst.

Floods close airport in Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala
The tourist town of Munnar is virtually inundated after shutters of the Idukki, Mullaperiyar and Mattuppetty dams were opened. The Sabarimala temple has warned pilgrims not to reach the shrine in view of the surging river waters in the vicinity.

Chelsea's second successive win under new boss Sarri lifted them to the top of the Premier League with a 100 percent record, while Arsenal remain without a point under their new manager Unai Emery after back-to-back losses. Sarri will have to rotate his squad throughout the season when the Europa League fixtures pile up but he could not have wished for a better start to the league season.

"I think we need to give the players calm and to continue working", he said. I think that the players were very good in the second half.

On the touchline, Sarri, wearing a baggy blue T-shirt and track-suit pants, waved his arms in frustration as he implored his players to close Arsenal down in their own half as the Gunners showed signs of fighting their way into the game. In quality we are going very well, but in quantity we have to improve.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal will draw positives from Chelsea's 3-2 win in an entertaining match in Stamford Bridge on Saturday. "I hope we will be able to play for 90 minutes in two months". I think in this way of football, if you don't cover the distances, you are in trouble.

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