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Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri: Danny Drinkwater Victor Moses not in tactical plans

04 November 2018, 08:32 | Charlene Valdez

Aaron Wan Bissaka has impressed this season

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Former Napoli head coach Sarri is intent on ignoring that chance to make history however, preferring instead to focus his players' minds on the pure task of taking on Roy Hodgson's Eagles.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has led his team to 10 successive Premier League matches without defeat, putting them in contention for the Premier League title after succeeding Antonio Conte this season.

"I think the situation is that Drinkwater for me is not suitable for a midfield with two other midfielders", Sarri said. "At the moment Jason Puncheon is very much part of our plans, the way we play and he's very disappointed tonight because in the previous two rounds we've done really well and won and tonight we missed an opportunity by not being able to win this game".

Although they probably didn't deserve it, Chelsea somehow remained unbeaten as they squeaked past Derby County in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

"I don't know; they have to improve, but the characteristics are a little bit different", Sarri said this week when asked whether the duo have futures at Stamford Bridge.

Drinkwater had offers for a loan move over the summer from more than one Premier League club but they were thrown out by Chelsea as they didn't offer enough of a loan fee, with the club hoping to sell him outright. You have to look at the League Cup, Europa League and the national team.

"I don't want to think about the record, only to think about the match and to gain points".

"Of course if you look to December, January - we'll need to change [the team] for the Premier League because there will be matches every three days", he said. "We have quality, technical qualities, and we need to improve the defensive phase, otherwise we are not a solid team". We didn't use 26 players in Naples but I have to choose about this situation of the club.

"I think that we have worked very well". For me Cahill is important on and off the pitch as captain'.

The expected return of Eden Hazard, fit again after a minor injury, only furthers their cause; the Belgian has five goals in Chelsea's last four league games at Stamford Bridge.

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