Chelsea responded to their midweek defeat to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in the most convincing of fashions, ending Manchester City's 15 game unbeaten streak in the Premier League with a tireless 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Morata's omission prompted fresh speculation about his future at Stamford Bridge, but Sarri does not believe he will face a hard challenge to reassure the Spaniard that he remains key to Chelsea's plans.
"It always happens when they are not here".
"Now we need to play with this level of determination, with the right aggression, in the other matches". On the verge of half-time, N'Golo Kante fired home into the roof of Ederson's net to give us what was probably the most undeserved lead of the season so far.
"Now my feeling, knowing the opponent, the performance was outstanding".
And that meant Hazard played in the "false nine" position for Maurizio Sarri. Willian found Hazard, who slid the ball through for the late-arriving Kante to blast in for his second league goal of the season.
"It was a great game, and to be honest, we were playing the best team in Europe, or the world at the moment", David Luiz told BT Sport.
Chelsea now sit fourth in the Premier League table, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.
Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation in order to establish whether Sterling was racially abused in the incident, with the club vowing to take the "strongest possible action where necessary".
"It can affect you personally and I know it affected a couple of my teammates at the time".
"We want everyone to feel like they are welcome, regardless of the colour of their skin, their ethnicity, or what they believe".
Though they prevailed on this occasion you would not bet a dime on Chelsea repeating the outcome, hence Guardiola's affability when asked about the title race and the threat presented by unbeaten Liverpool a point to the good at the top. Even if we would have won today, it's still only the beginning of December.
Mohamed Salah was back to his devastating best with a hat-trick, but then showed the spirit evident in Jurgen Klopp's squad when he handed his man of the match award to team captain James Milner, who had filled in at right-back in what was his 500th Premier League appearance. "Otherwise we can win this kind of match and lose points in another match".