Chelsea boss Mauricio Sarri says his side were surprised by Tottenham’s tactics as the Blues lost 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino’s side leapfrog Chelsea to go third in the process, with a performance that showcases their own potential to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table.
Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane put them two up inside 16 minutes and Son Heung-min made it three after the break with a brilliant solo goal.
Chelsea did bag a late consolation through Olivier Giroud, and Sarri says the job Spurs did on Jorginho, proved to be the difference. “It was clear after five minutes of the match that it was very difficult to use Jorginho as usual,” the Chelsea boss said.
“We had to get the ball from the centre-backs to the opposite full-backs, that was the only way to have one or two seconds of playing the ball. “We were surprised because they normally play with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, but they played 4-3-1-2.
“After five minutes, the situation was very clear. We lost a lot of balls and, against Tottenham, it’s very dangerous to lose the ball in your half. “In short counter-attacks, they are one of the strongest teams in Europe. “It was a disaster and, after 20 minutes, 2-0 was the minimum.”