Chelsea have enjoyed a brilliant start to the Premier League season. Few teams have been able to keep pace with the Blues, with even teams like the mighty Man City dropping points this term. Sarri’s Chelsea, meanwhile, still have a 100% record, and that’s a testament to the work that the new manager has done.
He seems to have settled into his ideal formation, and he appears to have selected the players that he deems to be his strongest, and so there has been little in the way of rotation so far this term.
However, perhaps that needs to change after the international break. Despite Chelsea’s record, there are a few players that haven’t impressed from the start in recent weeks, and it makes sense to make changes appropriately.
Of course, Sarri won’t want to disrupt the flow too much, but he’s got a few days now to look back on the season so far; and he’ll surely want a few things to change.
With that said, these 2 players definitely shouldn’t start for Chelsea after the international break…
David Luiz has started every game for Chelsea this season, which is in stark contrast to the lack of minutes he earned last term. Maurizio Sarri really seems to rate him, and that has been reflected in his involvement.
Obviously, on his day, Luiz is a fantastic player, and he proved that during Chelsea’s first season under Antonio Conte.
However, it’s quickly become clear that he simply doesn’t suit a back-four, not to mention the fact that he has begun to look more like the David Luiz of old as of late. Meaning, he’s been mistake-prone, he’s lacked consistency and his overall quality can no longer be guaranteed.
When you have someone like Andreas Christensen on the bench, it makes little sense to persist with a player like Luiz.
Willian has been a regular member of the Chelsea first team since his arrival, and with good reason. The Brazilian has regularly delivered flamboyant, exciting and driven quality in the attack, and that’s given the club a fantastic outlet for offensive cohesion.
However, under Sarri, he’s yet to really hit his stride. He started their last game, against Bournemouth, and generally speaking, he didn’t look too good. He lacked lethality and quality, and that’s a problem.
When you have Pedro, who he is directly competing with, scoring freely so far this term, it quickly becomes apparent that Willian is firmly behind the Spaniard in the pecking order.
He has a lot to offer, but at present, he just shouldn’t be involved from the start.