Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Blues may take time to secure win

Doug Mendoza
November 4, 2018

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has warned Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses that they must improve if they are to find a way into his system.

Conte and Hazard won the Premier League in their first season working together at Chelsea, but didn't enjoy the best relationship the following campaign.

"I don't want to think about the record now, because we have to think only about the match", Sarri said.

Former finance expert Sarri has guided Chelsea to third in the Premier League table, with seven wins and three draws from 10 matches, leaving the Blues trailing Liverpool and Manchester City by just two points.

"I know there's been a lot of talk about Chelsea's chances of keeping him being increased should Conte be appointed Real Madrid coach".

But when asked whether he had spoken to the Chelsea board about their transfer plans, Sarri said: "No, I didn't ask anything about it to my club because at the moment I think we can stay with these players and be competitive".

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However, while Sarri has stopped short of saying anything about the next line of action for Moses, the gaffer spoke at length about one of the winger's rivals, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Such rotation was unheard of during his time at Napoli, but Sarri is keen to use the full depth of his squad given the demands of English football. I have to look at all the competitions, because 90 minutes is 90 minutes. You have to look at the League Cup, Europa League and the national team.

"We need to improve, I think, covering the ball in the other half".

'If we want to win something, then we need to be a solid team. We didn't use 26 players in Naples but I have to choose about this situation of the club.

"So I thought that it was the same here".

Maurizio Sarri's side now sit third in the table - two points adrift of joint leaders Manchester City and Liverpool - following last weekend's win at Burnley so Chelsea will be desperate to maintain the pressure with another victory in west London on Sunday. And if you are not a solid team you can not have very important targets.

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