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Maurizio Sarri tells Chelsea defence to cut out errors after ‘stupid goal’

• Chelsea manager annoyed at ease of Bate Borisov’s goal
• Sarri hopes midfield goals will encourage his strikers

Maurizio Sarri has warned his Chelsea side not to repeat the sloppy defending that allowed Bate Borisov to score what he termed “a very stupid goal” towards the end of an otherwise straightforward 3-1 Europa League victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, warning such failures could undermine them against more capable opponents.

Sol Bamba’s 16th-minute effort for Cardiff more than two months ago is the only first-half goal Chelsea have conceded in their past 11 matches, in which time they have allowed five to be scored in the second period. Coasting with a 3-0 lead against unfancied opponents from Belarus, they completely failed to pick up Aleksei Rios from a free-kick and allowed the midfielder to ghost to the far post for a tap-in.

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