Predicted line-up against Burnley: Hazard in race to be fit?
Despite only drawing with Manchester United last time out, there were a lot of positives surrounding Chelsea’s performance.
Ross Barkley scored once again, Kepa played well in goal and Antonio Rudiger is blossoming into one of the leagues best defenders.
But, there are still improvements for Maurizio Sarri to work on as his team travels to Lancashire to face Burnley.
The Clarets have had a tough start to the season, coming off the back of a season where they widely over-achieved.
Sean Dyche’s men are looking to bounce back after a 5-0 drubbing against Manchester City – a game in which they failed to muster a single shot on target.
So, let’s have a look at some of Sarri’s selection dilemmas:
Eden Hazard in a race to be fit?
Hazard has obviously been Chelsea’s best player this season, scoring eight goals already this season.
But he picked up a knock in the back against Manchester United, causing him to miss Chelsea’s midweek Europa League game.
Sarri has said that he’s unsure whether Hazard will play, and if he misses out, it will seriously blunt them.
The rest of Chelsea’s team looks fairly toothless, but Willian could start in his place.
Sarri’s midfield selection headache?
Barkley’s excellent start to the season is causing Sarri a real problem in central midfield.
There’s only one space available beside Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, and Mateo Kovacic has been preferred so far this season.
But Barkley’s goal-scoring could force Sarri to start him, and fill the Marek Hamsik role Sarri favoured at Napoli.
Even Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s hat-trick against BATE Borisov is putting pressure on the Croatian.