Maurizio Sarri has enjoyed the best possible start to his Chelsea career. Five league wins as well as three points picked up in Greece, last night, means that Sarri’s men are top of the Premier League and off to a flyer in their European campaign, too.
However, this week is Sarri’s first taste of the Thursday-Sunday fixture schedule English teams face when they are partaking in the Europa League. The Italian coach is not particularly happy about the rigid scheduling methods used in England, at the moment.
“For an English team the Europa League is a very difficult competition,” said Sarri told the press after his sides 1-0 victory over PAOK in Northern Greece last night.
“In Italy, if I play in Greece on Thursday I can ask to play on Monday night, but I have to play again in 63 hours. I don’t know in the future.”
Sarri is rightly concerned that his Chelsea team need to aim to have already won or qualified from their group in the Europa League after the first four or five games. This, in turn, will lead to possible injury concerns during the hectic December schedule in England, if Sarri has resisted rotating his first eleven up to that point.
“It is not a big problem now because we have played only six matches but in the future, it may be a problem. I hope to qualify before the last one or two matches of the group stage.” He added.
The Chelsea boss did manage to rest Eden Hazard for their win over PAOK on Thursday night, however. The Blues’ winger will now be fresh for Chelsea’s game at West Ham on Sunday.