Stubborn Maurizio Sarri is likely to put Olivier Giroud offside in Burnley clash, despite the fact that Slavia Prague saw it
- Olivier Giroud is unlikely to be confronted with Burnley despite his improved recent form
- The Frenchman has only made seven Premier League starts this season
- Sarri bumped into the question why Giroud does not occur more often
- Instead, Higuain is expected to return to the starting grid at Stamford Bridge
- Sarri expects Eden Hazard to be fit, despite leaving with an injury to Slavia
After a goal and an assist against Slavia Prague, Olivier Giroud might have thought he had done enough to earn the support of his boss.
Instead, Maurizio Sarri remains stubbornly determined to defend his authority in the Chelsea dressing room.
Giroud, 32, complained last week that he wanted to play more if he stayed at the club next season. He only started seven Premier League games this season, as Sarri chose Alvaro Morata in the first half of the campaign and Gonzalo Higuain has appeared since January.
Maurizio Sarri suggested that Olivier Giroud is unlikely to start against Burnley despite his recent form
Sarri has also tried Eden Hazard as a precursor for Giroud. But Giroud is the top scorer of the Europa League with 10 goals and he shone again in Thursday's 4-3 win over Slavia Prague.
Chelsea must now activate a one-year extension option in his contract to keep him at the club next season. But while the conversation went to Giroud & # 39; s comments prior to the game, Sarri shuddered and instead of making the striker too big, he suggested instead that the Frenchman need more recovery time because of his build.
Asked if Giroud had a point about lack of playing time, Sarri said: & # 39; But Giroud played the match number 39 (against Slavia). Thirty-nine! Not number nine … 39! 39! & # 39;
The Frenchman has only started seven Premier League this season under boss Sarri
It was then pointed out that Giroud had started in considerably fewer than 39 of his appearances. Sarri said: & # 39; Starting games? With 19 or 20 I don't know anymore. He plays because he is very useful to us, like in 70 minutes against Slavia. Very handy.
& # 39; He played very well, but he has to recover more than the other players, because he is 90 kilos and therefore needs time to recover after the game, just for this. & # 39;
For Sarri it seemed a rather unnecessary display of power after a season in which he also took on Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kepa Arrizabalaga and N & # 39; Golo Kante on various issues.
Blues manager Sarri raised his ears when asked why Giroud does not occur more often
Sarri does not consider these issues to be personal, but the personal approach seems to have escaped the manager. Higuain is expected to return to the starting line-up on Monday-evening, as a victory would see Chelsea return to the top four of the Premier League tonight, with Arsenal and Manchester United on Sunday.
Sarri expects Eden Hazard to be fit, despite leaving with a blow to the ankle against Slavia.
Sarri has warned his team to keep fighting for a place in the top four despite reaching the Europa League semi-final.
& # 39; We must try in both ways, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It's not time to choose. It is really very difficult to stay in the top four of the Premier League. You cannot expect the Europa League at this point to be something simple.
& # 39; I have played twice in Champions League and it is clear that this is the most important competition for clubs in Europe and as a result in the world. & # 39;
Instead, Higuain is expected to return to the starting grid at Stamford Bridge on Monday