Published: Sat, August 25, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Maurizio Sarri hits back at Napoli chairman's criticism - 'He is missing me'

Maurizio Sarri hits back at Napoli chairman's criticism - 'He is missing me'

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri remains confident Eden Hazard will not be sold this month.

"Mateo and Eden played very well in the last 30 minutes [against Arsenal] but I think also that in that moment the intensity of the match was going down", Sarri added. "In the Premier League, I think if you win your first five games you're in the fight because here in every game you can lose or drop points".

England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek's Chelsea future is also unclear after he was left out of the squad against Arsenal last weekend.

The likes of Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta and Andreas Christensen are pushing for recalls at the back but I think Sarri will stick with what's been his preferred back four so far this season.

Midfield: New signing Mateo Kovacic made his debut off the bench against Arsenal and Sarri says he's now fit to start - although the Croatian global may not be ready to complete the full ninety minutes just yet.

Morata said: "The most important thing is the way we play now".

Sarri refused to provide any assurances over the midfielder's role at Stamford Bridge this season, but insisted he will remain at the club after holding talks with the player.

"I think Eden will stay with us for all of the season".

Of a permanent Kovacic deal, Sarri said: "I think now it is very hard to say, I like him very much so I hope that he will remain here in the future".

Hazard was given an extended break after featuring for finalists Belgium in the World Cup and has come on as a substitute in Chelsea's two matches this season.

Sarri admitted it will take his players time to adapt to his defensive instructions. It's not so easy in this period because we play only once a week.

"For sure I want to score more than 30 goals, but I would prefer to score 15 or 20 and for us to win the Premier League or another big trophy".

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