Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will “have to” make several changes to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Europa League clash against Hungarian side FC Vidi at Stamford Bridge. The Italian confirmed he will pick at least five players, who did not find space so far in the campaign.
When asked if Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi could start together in Chelsea’s attacking third, Sarri said: “For sure not both, or Hazard or Odoi. I don’t know at the moment. As I said I would like to see every player in the period from the first international break and the second”.
Sarri confirmed tomorrow could be “time to see” Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield. On the England international he added: “He was unlucky in the last three weeks after the match with the national team. He had a problem, in the last five days he has been better so I think that he is able to play tomorrow.
The pressure is normal for a player here, so also Ruben needs to get used to the pressure. It is normal for a player of our starting XI to have pressure from the club, the papers, television, from the manager”.
The Chelsea manager also gave an injury update on winger Pedro, before assessing Cesc Fabregas “has to improve the physical condition”.
He said: “I have to speak to Pedro who is doing better like Loftus-Cheek, but I think that tomorrow every player is available. I have to change five, six, seven players. I don’t know at the moment. I want to see training in the afternoon and to see the last training tomorrow morning.”
“I think Cesc [Fabregas] played very well in the last 30 minutes in Greece as well as for 90 minutes in Liverpool. He has to improve the physical condition of course but I think that he is a great option in this position. Not changing his style too much because Cesc is very good in moving the ball like Jorginho so we don’t need to change the way of football with Fabregas.”