Sarri applauds Loftus-Cheek but admits he may not play at Burnley

Date published: Thursday 25th October 2018 10:47 - Ross Gibson

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group L match between Chelsea and FC BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge on October 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri praised his Chelsea side for their professional performance against BATE Borisov on Thursday evening – but was unhappy his team failed to keep a clean sheet.

A Ruben Loftus-Cheek hat-trick had the Blues sitting easy, before the away side scored a consolation goal.

Despite winning comfortably, Sarri was unhappy his side could not keep the Belarusian side out.

“The target in the short period is to qualify and then to win the group,” Sarri told BT Sport. 

“We played very well for 65 minutes and not very well in the last 20 minutes. It was a good match.

“When we conceded the goal I didn’t like it very much. I don’t know why but I prefer the clean sheet.”

After his man of the match performance, there was always going to be a focus on whether Loftus-Cheek would feature at the weekend, and Sarri admitted he had been left with a selection headache for Sunday’s trip to Burnley.

“At the beginning of the season he (Loftus-Cheek) was a very good player and now he is a good player that is more suited to my style of football.

“But we have a tactical problem, because we have four midfielders with very similar characteristics.

“Eden Hazard is more attacking and N’golo Kante is more defensive, but it is very hard to play four midfielders with similar characteristics. We have to continue to work with all our midfielders at work in the defensive phase.”

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