‘Best league, worst officials’: Warnock rages over Cardiff’s controversial defeat

The Chelsea head coach's handling of the winger has been the focus of much criticism and the teenager returned to being an unused substitute in Sunday's victory at Cardiff City having made his full global debut for England in Montenegro six days previously.

"In my opinion, he is our future".

"He is ready to play, probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match", Sarri told reporters ahead of Brighton's visit on Wednesday.

Not for the first time this season, Sarri found himself on the end of a barrage of abuse from Chelsea fans during their controversial 2-1 win over Cardiff on Sunday, with a number of songs from the away section aimed at the Italian.

The Blues now sit sixth in the table, just one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and face Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday before hosting West Ham United on Monday.

Hughton has demanded an improved performance from his players after a below-par display in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton dragged them back into relegation danger.

"I don't know at the moment but I think so", said Sarri.

"I know the fans will be behind us, but we have to give them what they want - fighting spirit, great football, and scoring goals".

"I am not happy, of course, but I am not concerned".

"We keep getting knock-backs, I will probably play the U23s on Wednesday against Manchester City and try to keep it down to 10 or 11", Warnock said. I am not concerned.

"Sometimes they need to rest but now they are OK, I think".

Feted for his entertaining "Sarri-ball" style in Italy, the 60-year-old has failed to win over either his players or fans at Chelsea.

Whether it's an ever-changing starting XI that has proven the catalyst for this club to have amassed 15 scorers, or they're a side that play in a manner in which a host of players get into scoring positions, but the team in question is Manchester United, who have had 15 different scorers.

"That could be the decision that costs us everything, because I thought we could put pressure on the other clubs, but now we're battling against the odds again".

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