Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri defends Napoli record and says Loftus-Cheek will stay

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to give Eden Hazard his first start of the season after two substitute cameos. "But I am used [to him]".

England midfielder Loftus-Cheek was left out of the squad against Arsenal last weekend, but Sarri will keep him at Stamford Bridge at least until the next transfer window opens.

With the European transfer window not closing until August 31, Hazard has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.

However, I think the biggest concern has been that little bit further forward on the pitch.

"I don't know. I think that Eden is ready for 50-60 minutes maybe not for 90 minutes but he can start", Sarri told reporters.

Considering we caused a well drilled Tottenham outfit some problems, we should be well capable of exploiting vulnerabilities in a team who are very much a work in progress.

Hazard is yet to start for Chelsea this season, coming on as a sub in both of his side's games so far following his World Cup exploits.

Napoli's chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has rinsed his former manager Maurizio Sarri with his latest comments and questioned his ability to win trophies.

'We can speak again about his situation but only in December'.

"I am the coach of a very great club".

Sarri admitted it will take his players time to adapt to his defensive instructions.

Asked if the player himself feels ready to play a full game, Sarri replied: "Maybe, but I think it's more important (what is in) my mind".

There was always a risk factor that he wouldn't be able to carry on that form of February to May 2018, his age (now 31), the poor form we had seen in the previous 18 months or more, and sometimes players just have purple patches and then lapse back into mediocrity for seemingly no reason at all. "That's what I thought about and I thought 'why not stay put?' I'm playing in the Premier League, I'm happy, I'm near my family so there was no real reason to leave".

  • Angelo Rivera