Players the priority for Maurizio Sarri


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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said the players will now have time to rest ahead of their Europa League final against Arsenal.

His words come after the Blues suffered injury trouble when in Boston for a charity match. Chelsea beat New England Revolution 3-0 in the USA but the trip was overshadowed by the injury suffered by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The midfielder is definitely out of the Europa League final and there are concerns he could be missing long-term. Sarri said it was a good cause which took them to the USA but now his priority is to give the players some rest.

He said after the game: “As a coach, of course, I am a little bit worried because I know very well that the team now needs rest. So it is not the best way to prepare the final, I think.

“Arsenal is not my problem. I have to look to my players, so I know very well that my players need to rest, and after four or five days they need to work for three or four days and then they need to prepare for the match. The match will be interesting and difficult.”

Sarri added that he was not concerned about the physical effect the USA trip would have on the players. The Italian tactician played a strong team in Foxborough, with Ross Barkley scoring two of the goals and Olivier Giroud getting the other.

Chelsea play Arsenal in the Europa League final in Azerbaijan on May 29 having already qualified for next season’s Champions League after finishing third in the Premier League.

Chelsea are priced at 2.30 to win the Europa League final in Baku with Arsenal 3.10. Chelsea are at 17.00 to win next season’s Premier League.

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