Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, and Olivier Giroud could all sit out the Blues’ first Premier League game of the season, according to Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to include Chelsea’s World Cup stars in his first Premier League game in charge away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
World Cup winners N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud are not yet up to speed considering they have spent little time working with the new head coach.
Eden Hazard is another key man to have played little part in pre-season, having been given time off after he inspired Belgium to reach the semi-finals at Russia 2018.
The trio came off the bench in the second half of a 0-0 draw against Lyon in the final pre-season friendly on Tuesday, but Sarri feels it is too early for them to play a competitive game.
“They arrived yesterday or the day before,” Sarri told reporters after Chelsea beat Lyon 5-4 on penalties, Hazard scoring the winning spot-kick after Rob Green denied Pape Diop.
“It was better for them to play 25 minutes than to have a training session alone with the physical coach. They have to work, apparently.
“I’m delighted. I can work with all my players for the first time tomorrow, so we have only three days to prepare for the next match. And the next match will be crucial. Very, very, very important.”
Asked directly if it would be difficult for the trio to face Huddersfield, Sarri said: “Yes, I think so. Especially altogether.”