LONDON, Jan 13 – No defeat means no superstition, and no superstition means no post-match haircut, yet Maurizio Sarri sounded very much like a man who was ready to yank out a few strands on Saturday night.
He’s come across that way a lot lately. It’s all been a bit of a slog, a touch harder than it needs to be, even in victory. This one was like so many of them recently – a grind, and one that only had a happy ending because of two moments of sublime quality from Pedro and Willian. Their goals, either side of an equaliser from Ciaran Clark, were really quite something.
The rest? Largely forgettable, a jog through treacle against the sort of the side they should be battering but didn’t because of the kind of absent mindedness that has become a baffling feature of their play in the past couple of months.