Sarri: We were in full control.

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante scores (REUTERS)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with how his side performed in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday but the Italian wished they had scored more goals.

Ngolo Kante's second-half strike saw the Blues seal three points against the Eagles at Selhurst Park and after the match Sarri said as quoted: ‘We played a very good match for 85 minutes.

‘We were in full control, but we didn’t kill the match. For us it’s difficult to defend in the box in the last five minutes because we don’t have very good physical impact so we are in trouble.

‘But for 85 minutes we didn’t concede anything to the opponent. The only thing I didn’t like was that we were not able to kill the match.

‘We were better in the second half. In the first half we did everything very well, but slowly. In the second half for 40 minutes we moved the ball at a better speed.

‘We played against a dangerous opponent. They are very dangerous in short and long counter-attacks, so we had to have good positions in line with the ball in the offensive phase, otherwise we would have been in trouble.’

The Chelsea boss also commented on World Cup winner Kante who scored his third goal of the season.

‘He (Kante) has to think about the defence first of all,' said the former Napoli coach. Then he is improving, especially in movements without the ball. His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.

‘When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it’s difficult for the striker and wingers to find space. So for us the midfielders’ movement without the ball is very important.

‘Now we have to work on Loftus-Cheek and on Barkley. Loftus-Cheek especially is a great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.’

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