Former Chelsea defender claims that Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante may leave the club due to Sarri’s tactics
Ex-Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot claims that his former club could lose of their star players – N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, because of Maurizio Sarri’s tactics.
The Dutchman said that because he thinks the manager is not making those two players play to their strengths.
Sarri has come under heaps of criticism after his side have failed miserably in the past month or so to pick up results. Furthermore, they are getting beaten heavily, which raises question marks to another level.
The Italian has been facing criticism regarding Kante’s positioning in the team. The Frenchman is playing as one of the advanced midfielders, despite knowing that he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
The manager’s comments on Hazard being a selfish player and not a leader perplexed many fans.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Breakfast Show, Melchiot said:
“If you play players out of their position, you’re taking away their happiness and when their happiness goes, players are going to start looking at somewhere else.
“Kante is happy doing the job he’s good at, but now Sarri is making him go forward.
“His strength is breaking up play and winning the ball back, and that allows other Chelsea players to take more risks because they have that security of Kante being behind them. That security is gone now and if they lose the ball, their opponents come straight at them.
“It’s the same with Hazard – if you want to keep hold of your star players you have to make them feel good about what they’re doing.
“Sarri has started to complain that he dribbles too much with the ball, but what do you want? That’s his ability and there is no player who wants to play against him. When he does that.”
Chelsea have to finish the Europa League tie against Malmo on Thursday, before turning their attention towards the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.
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