The Liverpool legend John Barnes has recently expressed his opinion publicly explaining that Chelsea are too much reliant on the Belgian sensation Eden Hazard.
If the Belgian gets injured at any point of time in future, it can be a huge blow for the newly appointed manager Maurizio Sarri.
“I think they are overly reliant on Hazard. I think if Hazard gets injured, they really are overly reliant on him,” Barnes said on BeIN Sports, “If he drops form and he doesn’t score, he’s not an out and out scorer.”
Chelsea man-in-charge Maurizio Sarri has also provided some information regarding the injury of the youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
“Loftus-Cheek has a little problem with his right tibia so on Saturday he wasn’t able to play. I hope he can recover in the next two or three days and maybe there is an opportunity that I can give him a chance,” Sarri explained.
When he was asked about the injury of the other players including their star man Eden Hazard, he explained that he is yet to get any confirmation regarding the availability of the players for their midweek Europa League fixture against the Greek club PAOK Salonika.
“I don’t know now because I want to have a very clear picture of the situation, who are the players who need to rest or not. I don’t know about Hazard. I want to speak to him and I want to speak to the doctor and then I will decide. Of course, either Hazard or Pedro will rest on Thursday,” said Sarri.
The former Napoli manager also expressed his delights with the performance of Olivier Giroud in the last Premier League game against Cardiff City. Though the player failed to register his name on the scoresheet, the player played a crucial role in building up with Hazard for two of three goals.
“On Saturday Oliver played very well. Without scoring but he was very useful for his team-mates,” Sarri added, “In the last two weeks, I have seen four matches of Cardiff and four matches of PAOK Salonika [our next opponents] and I thought Giroud was more suitable for the Cardiff match and Morata for the other. So I don’t know who will be the striker of the future but I think both because we have to play 60 matches. In characteristics they are different and it depends on the kind of match.”
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