190108 Fotboll, Engelska ligacupen Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg - Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 8, 2019 Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge © BildbyrŒn - COP 7 - SWEDEN ONLY

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was not happy with his team’s stupid performance which saw Chelsea scrape to a home win after 3 matches in the league at the Bridge.

“Today was very important to get points,” Sarri told BBC Sport after the win over Newcastle. “We started well but after the goal we slept for 20 minutes, so by the end of the first half we were in trouble. We were better in the second half.”

“I’m very happy with result but we need to improve mentally and technically because we lost a lot of the ball in a stupid way. I think our wingers attacked the space better than in the last five or six matches but we need to attack the box better.”

Sarri said: “I was happy with the result, I was happy with the performance at Tottenham. We started well, but when we scored we felt like it may be easy, it wasn’t. After the goal something happened, we stopped playing.”

“It was important for points and the goals. It is difficult to understand why we stopped. In the last 5 matches it was hard to score, today we did after nine minutes. We stopped to play and then we had problems. We were not able to react in the right was to the difficult.”

“Today wasn’t the difficulty, we didn’t face that. Against Watford we reacted well. Apart from the result at Tottenham we reacted well. I think that we need to improve our mentality in total.”

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