Alonso wins a vibrant London derby

Alonso wins a vibrant London derby

Speaking to BT Sport after the Blues' dramatic London derby triumph, Hazard revealed that he is a big fan of Sarri's playing style.

In a devastating start to Sarri's first game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea pinned Arsenal in their own half and raced into a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes thanks to goals from Spain duo Pedro and Alvaro Morata.

And Kovacic is set to get that at Chelsea with Sarri planning to partner him with N'Golo Kante and Jorginho in a midfield three. We did very well in the last 25 minutes today, but I think that we have to work, we have to improve in the defensive parts, and I am not talking about only the defenders.

"It was very, very hard because we lost the distances between the players and we were unable to cover the lost balls and press like a team, so we were really in trouble". In that 15 minutes we were not able to do this.

"I think we did very well for 75 minutes".

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On the touch-line, 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.

At that point, the Gunners were clearly in the ascendency and waster further clear chances to go ahead for the first time in the match. But not in the other 15 minutes [when Arsenal scored two goals]. "We lost distances, I think". They just don't defend, you've got to do both sides of the game. Who will come out on top?

Sarri said he started the match with Hazard on the bench because he still seemed exhausted after helping take Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals in July.

"But I think, I hope, that in one week, maximum two weeks, he'll be able to play the whole game".

First-year manager Unai Emery suffered a loss in the season opener with Arsenal struggling throughout its contest against Manchester City. I think he's not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe, tomorrow, for the first 30 or the last 30 minutes he could be used. I can't say a wrong thing about that.

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