It will be hard to keep Hazard: Sarri

Arnold Nichols
April 11, 2019

"We still have a lot to do and then we will see".

By the end, before the Blues scored their second goal, it was them clinging on and under pressure to the extreme that keeper Kepa was booked for time wasting.

"We need to be very compact and to defend really well". "Especially on crosses because they attack the box with five or six players, and they are risky on counter-attacks". It's not easy for us.

West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic heads wide during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. The 29-year-old was charged this week with drink-driving after a one-vehicle auto crash in Cheshire - two women and a man were treated at the scene for minor injuries - and was released on unconditional bail to appear at Stockport magistrates court next month.

"As he knows very well, he has never played because, in my opinion, he is not suitable to my system, to my way of playing", Sarri said.

"Kante is wonderful for something different but not playing one touch".

With hard trips to Anfield and Old Trafford to come in the English top-flight for Chelsea, securing qualification for next season's Champions League by winning this competition could be the Italian's best chance of retaining his job.

"The three points were absolutely crucial", the England global told Chelsea TV.

Consecutive home wins against Brighton and West Ham have lifted the Blues into third, although fourth-placed Tottenham and fifth-placed Arsenal will move above Chelsea if they win their games in hand.

Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud are likely to earn a recall, while Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso could replace Antonio Rudiger and Emerson Palmieri.

The Chelsea midfielder, who has not played this season except for a substitute appearance in the Community Shield, was reportedly with two female companions.

This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Slavia Prague and Chelsea. Their only progression from a European quarter final was in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup against Roma (3-3 on away goals).

Having won the Europa League in 2013, the Blues are 13 games unbeaten in the competition. The last player to surpass this figure in a single UEFA Europa League season was Aritz Aduriz, who netted 10 goals for Athletic Club in 2015-16.

"From a personal point of view I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season", Higuain told the club's website.

The prospect of losing the forward is even more daunting for Chelsea as they are banned from signing new players due to a one-year transfer ban imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association, and Sarri conceded the team would not be able to cope with his exit as "it is impossible to find another Hazard".

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