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Sarri praises Chelsea response, hoping to not have to lose again to find right motivation

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Post-match thoughts from the Chelsea boss

Chelsea FC v Huddersfield Town - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Maurizio Sarri was rightly pleased with his Chelsea team’s performance in the 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, especially the first half an hour or so, as Chelsea finally back on track in the Premier League with the first (and first goals) in three games.

Consistency remains an issue of course, not only from game to game but from minute to minute. Chelsea played the sort of football Sarri wants to see for the first 30 minutes, but then hit a bit of a lull before pouring it on in the last quarter of the match.

Until football matches aren’t 90 minutes long, 30 minutes of effort won’t get too many wins consistently, especially when facing better opposition than the Terriers, which will be the case for the rest of the season but especially the month of February.

Chelsea are back in fourth thanks to the goal differential-boosting five goals today (Arsenal play at Manchester City on Sunday), but there are still 13 games left in the league. Chelsea will need to stay motivated not just in the cups — and not just after losses — if we are to finish in the top four.

Chelsea now have a rare midweek off to fully rest, recover, and get ready for a visit to Manchester City next Sunday. It will be the first of two games against City this month, the other being the League Cup final, and it’s going to be far from easy. But with the right motivation and the right mentality, we could pull off something great and turn the season around for good.