Maurizio Sarri believed his team finally played with motivation as they ran out 2-0 winners against Man City at Stamford Bridge.
City dominated the ball in the first half, but Chelsea with their first shot on goal would move ahead through N’Golo Kante’s thunderous strike into the roof of the net.
Chelsea showed more attacking intent after the break and got their reward when David Luiz’s glancing header from a corner looped over Ederson and into the net.
Sarri praised his side’s approach and execution of the game plan, but insisted they must do it with more regularity going forward.
Speaking to BT Sport he said: “I am very happy with the win because it is not very easy to win against Manchester City or Pep Guardiola.
“I am happy with the mentality of the team in this match.
“It is difficult for us to find motivation but when we are, we are a very strong team. Today we played with a very good level of application, determination and the right level of aggressiveness.
“My players have to continue like this. We had some problems in the first 30 minutes because Eden Hazard played like a striker for the first time and in the defensive movement we weren’t perfect.
“We started well in the second half and in the end we deserved to win. I think he [Hazard] had some problems only for the last 20 minutes. He played very well and deserved to score. I am really happy with his first match in this position.
“It is difficult to play in the defensive line when it is not working. It was working well today so it is easier for the centre-backs to play a good match.”
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