Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes his players must work on bearing the “10 minutes of difficulties” in order to improve on their away record to top-six teams.
Seven of Chelsea’s eight Premier League defeats this season have come on the road. Two of those included heavy back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City. While Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have all beaten the Blues at home.
Therefore, Sarri accepts Chelsea have got work to do on their patchy away form ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford for a league match against Manchester United.
And the Italian believes the key to their problems is in ensuring the players don’t tail off during the games.
“In the second part of the season, we played against the big six away and had only Tottenham at home,” said Sarri, according to Daily Mail.
“It’s not easy to gain points against City, United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal away. But we need to take a step forward because, in the second part of the season, away we lost too many matches. Sometimes in the wrong way.
“Not in Liverpool, I think. But at Arsenal, at Tottenham, against City of course. So we need to improve. We need to face difficulties because, for sure, against these teams away, you have to face difficulties.
“And we need to be able to stay in the match, in the 10 minutes of difficulties. Sometimes in the second part of the season, in 10 minutes we’ve lost the match. So we need to improve.”
N’Golo Kante is doubtful for this weekend after coming off with a bruised rib during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Burnley on Monday.
Although the Blues are set to welcome back Antonio Rudiger to the squad. The German defender has been sidelined since their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on April 14.
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