Sarri says Chelsea were devastated after Tottenham defeat in the Premier League
Chelsea are set to lock horns with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Wembley on Tuesday night.
The Blues strung together a fine unbeaten run of 12 games in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri, which was eventually ended by Spurs back in November.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side inflicted a humiliating 3-1 defeat on the Blues at Wembley, with Sarri’s tactics and defensive vulnerabilities coming under scrutiny.
Reflecting back on that 3-1 humbling, Maurizio Sarri believes that it was the turning point in their season and Chelsea were left absolutely shattered by that unexpected resulted.
“I saw my players in the dressing room after the match,” the Italian said. “They were destroyed, so I realised that the match against Tottenham is a very important match for the club, the fans and the players as well.
“They needed only to realise why the match was so bad and it was really very easy because the video of the first 15 minutes was clear.
“There was a big difference in mentality, aggressiveness and determination so it was clear. Clear for me and also for the players.”
However, Sarri believes that his players have recovered from that defeat and are better equipped to face Spurs in the semi finals of the EFL Cup.
“I think so because the level of determination is good, now we have to solve some problems, of course,” he added.
“Sometimes during the match, we were not able to have the right reaction to the difficulties to a negative situation.
“In the last match we were not able to have the right reaction to a positive situation because after the second goal we conceded four shots on goal in two minutes, so we need to learn that we cannot lower the application in the defensive phase.”