Sarri: Hazard, Chelsea need more time to get going

by Steven Clarke August 14, 2018, 1:09
Sarri: Hazard, Chelsea need more time to get going

A volley from N'Golo Kante, a penalty from debutant Jorginho and a late third from Pedro gave Sarri's team the ideal start to their league campaign.

The appearance of Hazard came amid continuing uncertainty over the Belgian star's future.

I don't know about what happened in the past but now he has a good chance.

Crucially Chelsea have held onto Eden Hazard, but while the Belgian was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench following his World Cup exertions, N'Golo Kante was thrown straight into the side after starring in Russian Federation for world champions France.

"I think it was important to start very well and after the first two goals, we managed the game in the second half". He has to improve, to have training.

"In the first half we were in trouble for 15 minutes against a very physical team, we are not a physical team".

To get round this inconvenience at the weekend, Sarri appeared to chew, or suck, the tip of a cigarette during Chelsea's 3-0 win over Huddersfield to get his nicotene fix. "But everybody fights with their weapons".

Steve Mounie headed Aaron Mooy's corner against the post in the first half with the score at 1-0. Their reliance upon a high press was seldom tested by The Terriers: David Luiz, a weakness in pre-season, was allowed to have a very positive (if largely leisurely) game here. We have never seen them play 3-5-1-1, so we were not ready to this situation, for us it was a problem.

When Sarri's Napoli team played RB Leipzig in a European tie, the German club set up a specially designed smoking room for him, though this won't be possible during his tenure at Chelsea.

"I thought the best thing for him was to play 15 20 minutes when the opposition was exhausted".

"I don't want to do another Naples".

Another aspect of Sarri's personality that isn't exactly pleasing the Chelsea hierarchy is his dress sense.

Speaking to BBC Sport after his first Premier League match, the 59-year-old said: "The game was more hard than the result".

The 22-year-old has scored 21 times in his last two season in the Bundesliga and is being lined-up by Real to "bring goals to the Bernabeu", says the newspaper.

"They have their weapons like Eden Hazard, we have our weapons like passion, desire, togetherness, commitment", Wagner said. "Today, their quality was too big even if the mentality of my guys was there".

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