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The win puts Chelsea at the top of the table after just two matches in the Premier League but there are encouraging signs that the team are implementing Maurizio Sarri's ideas in west London.

Arsenal, on the other hand, have lost back-to-back fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea FC in what has been a tough start for Unai Emery.

Asked if he sees the makings of a Chelsea title challenge, Sarri replied: "No, not in this moment".

"I think Mateo will be very useful for us", Sarri said. We need a lot of work together and it is my responsibility first, to give this compact block and to give this attacking balance. We did very well in the last 25 minutes, but I think we have to work. "In those 15 minutes, we were not able to do this, and so we were in trouble". We have to improve in the defensive phase, and I'm not talking about only the defenders.

"It was very, very hard because we lost the distances between the players and we were unable to cover the lost balls and press like a team, so we were really in trouble".

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"We have to improve because we did really well in the first 25 minutes today, but we need to continue to press in the other half". So we were in trouble.

"First, I have calm when I look at my team creating chances". Otherwise it might be a problem.

On Kovacic's role in the team going forward, Sarri added: "I think he can play in any of the three positions in midfield".

When you can call Eden Hazard from the substitutes' bench, or replace Alvaro Morata with Olivier Giroud in the closing stages, it is an example of the depth that Sarri has at Chelsea, however.

The Belgian returned late following his nation's run to the third-place play-off in Russian Federation, and Sarri says he hopes Hazard will be ready to complete 90 minutes in the next fortnight latest. I think he's not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe tomorrow for 30 minutes he could be used.

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