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Maurizio Sarri has revealed his admiration for the quality of his attacking personnel and claimed that anyone in his position can consider themselves lucky.

The Blues rounded up a quadruple of wins in the 2018/19 Premier League before the international break with a 2 nil win against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Sarri chose to start with Morata being flanked by Hazard and Willian on either side while Pedro was left on the bench at the start of the game.

However, it was the Spaniard who scored the opener for the Blues after coming on as a substitute for Willian in the second half.

Eden Hazard then popped with the second goal five minutes before fulltime thus making it 4 wins from 4 games.

While Sarri was quick to laud Pedro’s contribution, he also noted the strength in depth that was available in his side’s attacking positions.

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“Pedro played the first three games in the starting XI but today I thought it was better to play with Willian,” Sarri told reporters at Stamford Bridge.

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“I am lucky because any coach who can choose between Pedro and Willian is a lucky coach.

“Pedro is a great player. I think in every season he has scored about 15 goals, so it is normal for him to score. Hazard, Pedro, [Victor] Moses, Willian, all in the same position – I am very lucky and I don’t want to forget [Callum] Hudson-Odoi.”

Despite the praises he heaped on the side, he also pointed out the need for them to defend properly to stand a chance of being genuine title contenders.

The game against Arsenal exposed some loopholes in the defence but he added that the defence could have done better against Bournemouth.

“I think we need to be careful – especially the positioning of the player when we are in the offensive phases,” Sarri said.

“Today, we had the right full-back making a cross and the other one in the box. It was a little bit dangerous. We were always in a position to face the counter-attack with only the centre-backs.

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“David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger were in the right positions when the opposition attacked the space but the defenders and the midfielders on the left and right were not. We need to improve the positioning under the line of the ball.

“If we improve in this, then in this kind of match we can have more continuity without the counter-attacks of the opponent. With this continuity maybe we can score earlier.”

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