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That chance breathed new life into the home crowd and the players and Antonio drew a smart save from Kepa Arrizabalaga in the West Ham goal just two minutes later after a fine run from Andriy Yarmolenko. I think nothing serious.

"We need to move the ball quicker, " Sarri said, "and we need more movement without the ball". It's impossible to win every match.

"I do not know why it is not possible to ask for a Monday match after a cup game. In Italy it is normal".

"I want to speak with the doctor", Sarri added.

Defender Antonio Rudiger limped off midway through the second half, but Sarri insists there was no long-term damage to the German. "Maybe three or four days [out]".

Eden Hazard, Willian and Olivier Giroud were left frustrated and it was substitute Alvaro Morata who came closest to scoring, but the Spaniard was denied by Lukasz Fabianski from close range.

Michail Antonio was also at fault for missing two good chances in the first half of the match and shouldered a modicum of the blame. But today it was very hard to play inside.

It would probably be slightly misguided for West Ham to go all out attack, but hopefully they'll commit men forward when they get the chance, and that should make for a decent game.

"I am happy with Barkley's performance, he is improving from week to week". In the last two or three matches, we have done very well.

While for a midweek tie at Anfield in the Carabao Cup both teams could field much-changed lineups, the top-flight meeting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday is already eagerly anticipated, though Sarri is wary of the threat that will be posed by Liverpool.

'We are trying to have him back for the end of the week, but I don't know at the moment'.

Sarri's side are still part of the leading pack in the table, but he believes that it will take as long as a year of playing together before his side can match Jurgen Klopp's. They have had one more day of rest, but I will see tomorrow morning.

"I said to Shaq at half time that I'd never taken a player off at half time after such an influential half", said Klopp.

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