Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: We've had a mental problem

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: We've had a mental problem

Maurizio Sarri experienced his first loss in English football as Chelsea were beaten at Tottenham 3-1, ending one of the three undefeated records in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, City were demolishing West Ham 4-0 at the London Stadium, as they kept up their sensational start to the season and extended their goal difference to +35 after just 13 games.

The Denmark worldwide has struggled with a stomach injury in recent weeks, and is actually yet to register a goal in his nine Premier League appearances this season.

Sarri said that his side had failed to defend effectively.

"On another day, if we'd been more clinical the scoreline could have been a lot more", Alli told BT Sport. I think that changed a little bit.

"I give a lot of credit to our players for the victory, but it was not the best performance", City manager Pep Guardiola said. "It's clear he's a very important coach, with a trophy or without a trophy".

Conte spoke of his admiration for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

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But when the subject of the Denmark player's contract expiring came up, Sarri interjected. "I only answered a question". Over the Christmas period, Chelsea only face City in December and don't face another top six team until the 19 January when they go to the Emirates to play Arsenal.

With Chelsea stumbling, second placed Liverpool remain the most likely challengers for City's title after sweeping to a 3-0 win at Watford that keeps them two points behind the leaders.

Pochettino claimed Chelsea and Arsenal have an advantage domestically due to playing in the second-tier Europa League, rather than the Champions League. We have to be careful, we have to be focused on this problem.

"It's not a tactical problem".

Hazard also had a shot beaten away by keeper Hugo Lloris as the Blues began to settle, but Spurs kept up their high-pressing and remained unsafe.

"In the first 15 minutes the opponents were more aggressive and determined than us. So, we have to approach the match in a different way, with application and determination".

Chelsea have some undisclosed doubts, with Mateo Kovacic (ankle) expected to be in contention.

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