Sarri explains he why drop Hazard & Co for Europa League tie

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 19/09/2018

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has explained why he drop Eden Hazard, David Luiz and Mateo Kovacic from the travelled squad for Thursday night Europa League tie against PAOK in Greece.

The 59-year-old Italian coach will be without the first-team trio for the away match after Belgium international bagged a hat-trick against Cardiff at the weekend and former Real Madrid midfielder picked up a knock against the newly-promoted Welsh side plus Brazilain defender who featured in the 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri told reporter via Metro "David Luiz is in Cobham because he is playing without six months so I thought it was better for him to have rest.

"Kovacic it is better to have rest with the little injury. ‘Hazard after the national team and the match with Cardiff he was a little bit tired. I thought it was better to have training and rest.’

Sarri refused to be drawn on whether he would start Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Calum Hudson-Odoi. ‘I don’t know about Loftus,’ he added. ‘For me he is a very good player. I don’t know if there is a spot tomorrow.

"There is in the future. Now it is very difficult because in the first part of the season it is very important to play with a very solid team. I might change four or five players, it is impossible to change every player in the match.

"For Odoi in his position in the last match played Pedro and Hazard. I have also played [Victor] Moses and Willian. [Ethan] Ampadu, Odoi and Loftus are the future, I don’t know if the right time tomorrow is for Odoi.’