Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Changes Sarri needs to make to turn Chelsea into title contenders

Changes Sarri needs to make to turn Chelsea into title contenders

After two games without a win Chelsea will be keen to play their way back into form, and I expect Sarri to pick a strong enough side to win this with room to spare.

Irrespective of the minute he plays in a single game, the Frenchman always show zeal, enthusiasm and determination to help his team get better results.

"I think, as you know, I want to play a centre midfielder with a very technical player, so for me the centre midfielder is Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas", he told a news conference.

'I have to think about everything because Saturday we played very badly, a match without determination, but we lost one match after 110 days, so the team did well, generally. He attacked too much the other box.

There has been talk this week of moving Kante deeper into the role which is now occupied by Jorginho, but Sarri is having none of it.

Olivier Giroud scored twice for Chelsea
Olivier Giroud scored twice for Chelsea

They have won just one of their last five road matches in the Europa League, although a 1-0 success at mighty Olympiakos in the GSL at the end of September suggests they can beat talented sides on their travels. If they want to man-mark Jorginho, Kante can receive the ball.

He wants to see an immediate reaction to the defeat, against PAOK and in Sunday's Premier League clash with Fulham, after discussing the Spurs performance with his players.

The Chelsea forward told BeIn Sport: "My injury I think is not something bad. I want to see we learned our lessons [against Tottenham]".

"We thought that if we could stop that - and we wanted to win the ball up high - so I wanted to be as close to him as possible to make sure that we did win the ball up high, break early and create the chances we did". A problem to be immediately ready at 100 per cent. "Of course I think that he can not play 10 matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest". If you have no motivation, maybe you don't have clear targets in your mind.

They will have to do so without Victor Moses, who Sarri revealed has picked up a back problem in training, as well as Eden Hazard, who sustained a minor ankle knock in the closing stages of the Spurs defeat. "It's normal at the moment he isn't at the top of his physical condition".

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