Chelsea boss Sarri explains management of Hudson-Odoi for Watford victory

Elena Summers
December 29, 2018

There's every chance that Chelsea can compete for the title if Sarri is backed in the transfer window - a new striker is a necessity - but his focus now is on keeping Eden Hazard at the club.

Links with a move to Real Madrid for the Belgium worldwide have persisted, with the winger recently refusing to be drawn on whether he would commit long term to Chelsea and extend a contract that expires at the end of next season.

The Blues had dropped below Arsenal heading into their game with Watford on Boxing Day, but two goals from Eden Hazard earned the West Londoners a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.

He said, "He played for the first time in the Premier League this season, he played for 55 minutes very well".

"I am the coach". I am not in charge of the market.

"It is good not just to be a target man, but also as a false nine where I can move, I can drop, I can go deep, I can go on the wing".

Sarri went to explain that he is yet to find a ideal position for the pint-sized midfielder. In the future, he can play also as a winger, of course. He is able to come and play with the teammates. I am happy with him in this position but he can still play as a winger, of course.

Luiz has been great under Sarri this season and the Brazilian is favoured in the defence alongside Antonio Rudiger.

"As a Chelsea fan I just don't think you could knock him if he went".

"We have a lot of unsung heroes who do not get the headlines that their performances deserve, but I don't think I am in an unusual situation with that. I will see at the end of the season".

Ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Chelsea, Sports Mole looks at how Maurizio Sarri's side could line up at Selhurst Park.

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Sarri said: "Pedro has an injured hamstring and I think that he will have to rest for about 10 days".

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