Chelsea defender David Luiz has acknowledged that Chelsea ‘had to suffer’ before beating Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
The Blues failed to register a single shot on goal until N’Golo Kante’s opener just before half time, and the strike acted as the catalyst in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz – who netted Chelsea’s second – was full of praise for his side’s performance, claiming that the West Londoners had defeated ‘the best team in Europe’ to leave Man City behind Liverpool in the standings.
The Brazilian told BT Sport: “It was a great game. They have great players and are playing very well. We had to suffer but then we took our chance to score.
“It went well, our plan. We have had some bad results but tried to improve. All the team did great. We keep fighting but keep our feet on the ground.”
Chelsea now sit six points adrift of City in the top-flight table.
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea became the first side to defeat Manchester City in the Premier League this season with a 2-0 win over the champions on Saturday evening. But the Blues are still “one player” away from a legitimate title challenge.
Maurizio Sarri was never fond of the transfer window.
During his spell at Napoli he refused to get involved with any dealings, insisting his job as a coach was simply to bring the best out of the squad at his disposal. After arriving at Stamford Bridge, Sarri reaffirmed his stance, admitting he was “bored” by player recruitment.