Chelsea boss Sarri focused exclusively on Palace as Premier League record looms

Roy Hodgson steered Palace to survival last season

Roy Hodgson steered Palace to survival last season

Asked then if he could have foretold this start to his Chelsea career, Sarri replied: "No, because in every experience that I have had before, I was in trouble in the first two months".

But as the domestic schedule intensifies in December, Sarri said he expects that situation to change.

The appearance marked just Puncheon's fourth match of the season - his third in the Carabao Cup along with a two-minute cameo in the Premier League against Arsenal. He has great characteristics but he needs to improve in the defensive phase. It is important to be solid to be competitive.

"That's how we left it, and I think that's what he hoped to hear from me, and expected".

The Blues have made an impressive start to the season under Antonio Conte's replacement Maurizio Sarri to keep pace with Liverpool FC and Manchester City.

"Sometimes we are in the wrong positions like in the last matches, so it is impossible to recover the ball and not to give spaces to the opponent for the counter-attacks".




Maurizio Sarri's side now sit third in the table - two points adrift of joint leaders Manchester City and Liverpool - following last weekend's win at Burnley so Chelsea will be desperate to maintain the pressure with another victory in west London on Sunday.

"So I thought that it was the same here".

"We didn't use 26 players in Naples, but I have to look at the situation with this club".

"I'll be happy to see him, whether he plays or not". It is my work, I think. I can say to the club my opinion about what I think I need but my job is to try to improve my players. "At the moment Jason Puncheon is very much part of our plans, the way we play and he's very disappointed tonight because in the previous two rounds we've done really well and won and tonight we missed an opportunity by not being able to win this game".

"Maybe not for the top but we have to try to arrive close to the top".

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