Maurizio Sarri explains Eden Hazard omission from Europa League opener

Doug Mendoza
September 21, 2018

Eden Hazard is set to stay at home as Maurizio Sarri prepares for Chelsea's Europa League campaign.

"Now it is very hard, because in the first part of the season it is very important to play with a very solid team".

For many people, Salah has been the best player in England since the start of last season and while he is taking his time getting back into form after a long summer, Eden Hazard has started like a house on fire, scoring five goals in five games.

"It's impossible to start better than Chelsea have, but every game is different", he said.

Sarri said: "Loftus-Cheek for me is a very good player but I don't know if there is a spot for him tomorrow [but] of course there will be a spot for him in the future".

Declan Rice made more tackles and regained possession more times than his team-mates against Everton
Declan Rice made more tackles and regained possession more times than his team-mates against Everton

He told me that after the national team and after the match against Cardiff he was a little bit exhausted.

David Luiz, Mateo Kovacic and Emerson Palmieri also did not travel to Greece on Wednesday, but academy youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marcin Bulka were granted seats on the plane. I thought it was better to have training and rest. Unfortunately, you have to play with 11 players, 17 players tomorrow [Thursday] won't agree with me.

"I don't know about Loftus-Cheek", Sarri told reporters when asked if the midfielder was in line for a rare chance to stake his claim.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident that Marko Arnautovic will be in the starting line-up for the London derby with Chelsea on Sunday. As a defender, I think, 'can I get at him? Maurizio Sarri even went ahead in the press conference and said that Hazard is the best player in Europe now.

Midfield metronome Jorginho has played more passes than any others player in the English top-flight so far this season, with Carragher lavishing praise on the Chelsea star. Now, I think that's also a big thing.

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