Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said he was pleased with how his side “suffered” before beating Slavia Prague in their Europa League quarter-final first leg.
Marcos Alonso’s late goal secured a 1-0 win from a difficult match in Prague.
Sarri said his side have improved from earlier in the season, when they would “immediately concede” in difficult moments.
“In the past we were not able to suffer in the difficult moments of a match,” said the Italian.
“Now we are able to stay in trouble and suffer without conceding.”
Marcos Alonso headed in with only four minutes remaining to seal victory and give Chelsea the advantage in this tie
The relief was written all over the faces of the Chelsea players as they celebrated their late winner in the Czech capital
Earlier, Jorginho had the ball in the net but it was ruled out with Olivier Giroud flagged for offside earlier in the move