Eden Hazard was demoted to the bench against Eintracht Frankfurt int the first leg of the semi finals of the Europa League.
Sarri has played down Hazard’s role and believes that there is only so much workload someone can take.
“Eden was on the bench because, in the last period, he played 10 matches in a row,” the former Napoli boss told a post-match news conference.
“It’s impossible to play that many. For us, this was match number 59 I think, and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team.
“For a player, it’s impossible to play 70-75 matches in a season. And so, sometimes, Hazard like all the other players needs to rest. Or not to rest, but not to play for 90 minutes.”
“[I told him] in the meeting before the match. Like all the others,” he said.
“Usually, I don’t speak with the players that I want to put on the bench. Eden, for me, is a player. Probably he is the best player, but he is a player.
“And so I have to do it this way. Otherwise I have to speak to everyone for every match and I don’t have the time.”