Maurizio Sarri hails Marcos Alonso as best left-back in Europe

Oscar Cross
September 2, 2018

Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to change the winning formula as Chelsea host an undefeated Bournemouth side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. "He's doing very well in the offensive phase", Sarri explained. "If he improves that, he could be the best left-back in the world".

It is hard to imagine better strikers not having a field day against Luiz and you suspect weighing his brilliant ball distribution against his defensive lapses will be a constantly shifting equation for Sarri, particularly as Andreas Christensen waits for his chance on the bench. I think Loftus will be very useful for us.

Alonso came closer than anyone to breaking the deadlock in a frustrating first half for Chelsea when his right-footed shot bounced off the post, and he played decisive passes in the build-up to Pedro and Eden Hazard's goals in the final 20 minutes as Bournemouth's stubborn resistance crumbled.

But there are few signs of any teething problems as goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard in the final 19 minutes maintained the Blues' ideal start and ensured they head into the worldwide break positioned among the leaders at the top of the table.

Sarri had warned before the opening game of the league campaign that his side would face a hard start as he attempted to implement a very different approach to that employed by Conte.

"They did well. It was a hard match for them in the sense we didn't have a lot of the ball but you saw Jefferson's best qualities and I thought he defended well for the team and made a number of blocks".

Bournemouth were disciplined and unsafe at Stamford Bridge, but second-half goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard ensured Maurizio Sarri's men became just the sixth Chelsea side to win their opening four Premier League games of a season; four of those were crowned champions in May.

Bar Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea boast a clean bill of health for the visit of Bournemouth this afternoon. He's not only the best player in the Premier League, but once of the most talented you'll find anywhere in the world at this current time.

"At the moment, I'm very happy with my players", he said.

"In the first half it was very hard to play - we needed to move the ball at a higher speed - but it wasn't easy".

"I think they'll improve as the season goes on", said the Bournemouth manager.

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