Sarri is pleased with Hazard’s playing false nine role

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri explained striker Alvaro Morata absence in the application for the match against Manchester City, saying he was ready to continue using Eden Hazard as a false nine.

Sarri decided to hold the Blues’ winning match against the Premier League’s current champion (2:0) without a clear striker, sending Hazard in front and holding Olivier Giroud in reserve. At the same time, the club’s most expensive field player – Alvaro Morata didn’t even get into the application. According to Maurizio, the presence of Alvaro on the bench was useless.

After the match, Maurizio expressed his satisfaction with Hazard’s game and made it clear that he was ready to keep to that tactic in other matches.

Sarri admitted that it was very difficult at the very beginning of the match, especially in the defense on the opponent’s half. However, the game changed after a goal scored. Eden looked great and had to score in that game.

(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)

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