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What Did We Learn From Chelsea’s Reaction To The Bournemouth Loss By Hammering Huddersfield 5-0

In the mid-week fixtures last week Chelsea suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side away at the Vitality Stadium on the South coast.

While the result was pretty damning Chelsea actually played well in the first half and were only held off the scoresheet by Artur Boruc who played out of his skin to keep the Blues at bay.

As Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri said after the Bournemouth game:

“We need to change something in the mentality because you can concede, but you need to play because the match was under control in the first half.

“It is a very strong setback because we knew this match was very important. It is not easy to play after today but we need to react.”

Well there can be no doubt that Sarri got the reaction he wanted against Huddersfield as both new man Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard scored braces and the inter-play between the two was something to behold.

Now obviously the win was over Premier League whipping boys Huddersfield who are already consigned to relegation to the Championship is not a huge accomplishment, Sarri must be a much happier man this week at Cobham holding training after the mauling of the Terriers.

Sarri can look forward to the Man City game this weekend on the back of a solid defensive display and an attacking display that will have shown him a great deal. Indeed Sarri had this to say after the game as reported by the Guardian:

“I’m really very happy because, apart from the goals, my feeling is Gonzalo’s really suitable to play very close to Eden”.

So what we really have learned is that although Sarri got off to a great start as Chelsea manager ultimately he needs time and patience from the Chelsea Board and owner if he is to get the team playing in the way he wants. The Italian manager has likely learned that criticising his players in public through the newspapers is unlikely to help his cause.

Getting the best out of Eden Hazard is really the key for Mauricio Sarri as the Belgian ace is the man who makes Chelsea tick.

Let’s hope Chelsea can beat Man City at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday and do the double over Pep Guardiola’s side – a feat that no team in the Premier League has accomplished since Pep took over at Man City.

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