EPL: Sarri reveals why Chelsea star is struggling to get playing time

Tanya Cunningham
September 1, 2018

"I am very happy with the four matches, but only starting from now to the next match".

Four games and four wins, Chelsea haven't put a foot wrong in the Premier League this season.

The Blues have been crowned champions in four of the five previous seasons in which they won their first four games, but Sarri refuses to look beyond the next game - against Cardiff on September 15 - following the global break.

Chelsea bossed the game from the opening minutes, but struggled to create any clear cut chances to open up the Bournemouth defence.

Chelsea were drawn against PAOK, BATE Borisov of Belarus and Hungarian outfit MOL Vidi in Friday's Europa League draw and Sarri says Loftus-Cheek will have a big part to play when the Blues' busy schedule kicks in.

With 85 per cent possession midway through the first half, the only thing missing for the home side was goals, but the visitors nearly scored when Diego Rico broke clear and his delivery for Callum Wilson inside the box was flawless; however the striker's first time effort sailed over the bar at the half hour mark.

"The match was very hard against a very organised team".

"The gap at the beginning [to last season's champions Manchester City] was 30 points".


The Spain striker won fewer than half his 16 duels and touched the ball only 11 times before being taken off for Giroud, who played a role in helping Pedro score Chelsea's first.

"This kind of match usually you can win in the last 20-25 minutes", he added.

Fans had always quietly considered him an underrated player and his performances in a Chelsea shirt are really showing off his quality. So we're really very happy with him'.

"I think that now, for us it's better to think about the next match", he said.

"It depends upon the situation on the pitch", Sarri said of his decision.

"Eddie came to Empoli four years ago for three or four days, and we stayed in Empoli together".

"We changed the position and, in the new position, he needs to improve".

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