Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has hailed his players for learning to suffer and fight after their narrow victory in the Europa League quarter-finals first leg match against Slavia Praha on Thursday.
A lone goal from Marcos Alonso gave the Blues a vital away victory against the Czech as Chelsea continued their unbeaten run in the competition this season.
Sarri who was pleased with his team performance after keeping a third consecutive clean sheet, in his post-match conference, said the team is now able to stay in trouble and fight to suffer without conceding.
He said, “I’m really happy with the result, and also with the performance.
“In this moment we are able to suffer, and in the past, we were not able to suffer in the difficult moments of a match.
“In the past when we were in trouble, we immediately conceded a goal. Now we are able to stay afloat in troubled times to fight and to suffer without conceding anything.
‘We knew very well to play here is very difficult. The opponents are very physical, very aggressive, so we knew we had to face difficulties during the match. We were able to face them well, then in the second half we were able to play better.
‘Now we need to think the second leg will be difficult. These opponents are also very dangerous away, like against Genk [where they won 4-1]. We need to be careful,” he added.