Maurizio Sarri considers quitting smoking after tense win over Arsenal

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"Tellingly, it is also more crosses than any Manchester City player attempted in any game last season, beating his own tally of 11 that he put in on his Premier League debut against Bournemouth last August", says Adam Bate of Sky Sports.

Unai Emery's side were convincingly beaten 2-0 by City last Sunday, but they should have done much better against Chelsea on Saturday.

An 81st minute victor from Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea a 3-2 win on an afternoon of high drama, yet the holes in the defending at both ends contributed to a game that left both goalkeepers hopelessly exposed as chances aplenty were missed.

Eden Hazard could be a frightening prospect under the leadership of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

Italy midfielder Jorginho, who Sarri brought with him from Napoli, was commanding in the heart of midfield and Ross Barkley, who barely featured under previous Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, looked strong and confident.

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"No I needed half-time and the first half to end, not a cigarette", he said. I still have two years of contract [left] and we'll see what happens. "In those 15 minutes, we were not able to do this, and so we were in trouble". I think in the second half, we did very well from our mental point of view. "In the other 15 it was better to smoke, I think", Sarri, who is a heavy smoker, said.

Linked with Real Madrid throughout the close-season, Hazard has been told he is not for sale.Asked about Sarri's impact in his first weeks at Stamford Bridge, Hazard said he admires the Italian's commitment and attacking style and hopes to feature even more prominently soon.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal will draw positives from Chelsea's 3-2 win in an entertaining match in Stamford Bridge on Saturday. "We moved the ball very quickly, fast, we played vertical balls and we did really very well". In quality we are going very well, but in quantity we have to improve.

Sarri believes Hazard isn't yet ready for 90 minutes after his exertions with Belgium at the World Cup, but acknowledged his side will be a different prospect once his star man is up to speed. "He can do better in the future, I think".

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