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Chelsea leave nervous Sarri craving a smoke

Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in a pulsating London Premier League derby on Saturday (Aug 18) with defender Marcos Alonso scoring an 81st-minute victor after the Gunners had fought back from an early 2-0 deficit.

After starring himself in Russia, Hazard seemed to suggest his time at Stamford Bridge was coming to an end, saying his "preferred destination" was well-known.

"It is better to be on the pitch than watching on the bench, but the boys when they are playing they did well so I am just happy for the win", he said.

Sarri was reluctant to discuss his habit and when pressed on the matter his response was jovial, but whether it was a joke or serious was uncertain. "I am going to stop smoking", he said.

"But I think, I hope, that in one week, maximum two weeks, he'll be able to play the whole game".

Sarri was satisfied with the performance of Chelsea who made it two wins from two games after the opening victory at Huddersfield.

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He was unhappy with a blip at the end of the first half which allowed Arsenal back into the game and which he described afterwards as "horrible". He did not wish to dwell on that period, though.

However, the change did not affect European clubs, who can still sign players - including Premier League ones - until their respective deadlines later in the month. I think it's better.

"We did really very well in the first 25 minutes today". And if we press very high, we are able to do well.

"In quantity [of running], we have to improve".

"I think it's normal. We'll see what happens in a year or two years". "My target now is to play 90 minutes like the first 25". It started the season with a 2-0 home loss to Manchester City.

"Many things have been said - nonsense and everything". This is always the way, but it is clear that defensively we suffered three goals but also we had chances to do more goals.

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