Sarri Ball: 5 Chelsea players now shining under Maurizio Sarri

Nov 09, 2018, 00:59
Sarri Ball: 5 Chelsea players now shining under Maurizio Sarri

But Sarri's men were much improved after the break and Giroud, who also scored twice for Arsenal against BATE in the Europa League last term, broke the deadlock by meeting left-back Emerson's cross with a firm downward header.

The Premier League title race this season may be one of the most keenly contested in recent times as teams continue to breathe down each other's neck for the top position.

Eden Hazard was withdrawn just after the hour and with him went the last of Chelsea's minimal attacking verve as they settled for an uninspiring, albeit important, 1-0 victory after the upright denied substitute Evgeni Berezkin.

"I haven't played too many minutes, whether it be in the Premier League and the Championship, and at 22 it's not seen as enough by some people".

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Cesc Fabregas was left out of the 19-man Chelsea squad that travelled to Belarus on Wednesday after suffering a fever, and Sarri revealed Alvaro Morata has stayed in the United Kingdom to rest after his two-goal contribution against Palace.

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has reportedly stated that he will not allow Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave Chelsea during the transfer window in January.

It is a remarkable stat for Sarri, who has revolutionised the style of play at Stamford Bridge in a short space of time. I think we didn't play very well, I didn't like the first half because we moved the ball only horizontally and slowly, so it was hard to be risky.

"We thought for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks without training. But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because for us he's very important".

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"It is kind of good news that Hazard is not playing, but it will still be a very strong line-up".

"It was better in the first 20 minutes of the second half but we didn't manage the last 15 minutes well".

It was hoped that the maturity of his displays in Russian Federation would lead to a sustained push for first-team minutes in the Chelsea team.

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