Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has opened up on the struggles of a pair of Blues’ stars for game-time to this point in his reign at the club.
Chelsea’s new era under Sarri has started out in impressive fashion.
Ahead of the club’s clash with Crystal Palace this evening, the capital giants have not lost a single fixture since their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the Community Shield on the 5th of August.
As such, with 7 wins and 3 draws from their opening 10 league outings of the campaign, Chelsea could finish the day as joint-top leaders of the Premier League (would require Manchester City to fail to win at home to Southampton).
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is unbeaten in his first 10 #PL matches (W7 D3 L0) – only one manager has had a longer unbeaten start, Frank Clark managed 11 with Nottingham Forest in 1994#CHECRY pic.twitter.com/Utg7zT3lX4
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 4, 2018
Moses & Drinkwater on the periphery
However, while a number of the Blues’ stars have thrived under the tactics introduced by their new boss, others have majorly struggled.
Chief among these have been Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses, both of whom have become peripheral figures at Stamford Bridge this season.
And Italian tactician Sarri has this morning provided an explanation for the lack of game-time being afforded to the Englishman and Nigerian respectively, citing a lack of compatibility with the system he employs on the pitch:
‘I think the situation is that Drinkwater for me is not suitable for a midfield with two other midfielders. I told him two months ago what I think.’
‘Moses is more suitable for playing wing back than like a winger or a full back, I think.’
Sarri also admitted that he is not yet aware of whether either player will have a future at the club:
I don’t know [if they have a future]. They have to improve but their characteristics are a little bit different.’
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Chelsea are set to welcome London rivals Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge for a 4pm kick-off this evening.
Check out everything you need to know ahead of the derby clash here.