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Chelsea boss has a 'tactical problem'

October 26, 2018 09:48 IST

Difficult to accommodate Loftus-Cheek in first team, says Sarri

Maurizio Sarri

IMAGE: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri during training. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes he has a 'tactical problem' as he struggles to slot Ruben Loftus-Cheek in his first-choice lineup despite the midfielder's hat-trick in the Europa League win over BATE Borisov.

Making the most of a rare start for Sarri's side, Loftus-Cheek inspired Chelsea to a 3-1 Europa League win over the Belarus champions at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

 

But Sarri said only defensive improvements could lead to more chances for Loftus-Cheek, who remains below N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in the pecking order.

"We have four midfielders and three of them have the same characteristics," Sarri told BT Sport.

"They are offensive midfielders, only one has other characteristics - Kante is a defensive midfielder. So it is very difficult to put in the starting XI two midfielders with the same characteristics.

"We have a tactical problem with the midfielders."

Chelsea, who currently two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, visit 13th-placed Burnley on Sunday.

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