Chelsea Review: Sarri must stay, Hazard says goodbye, youngsters ready to shine

Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League Final crowned an impressive first season in English football for manager Maurizio Sarri.

In addition to claiming the trophy, the Italian led the Blues to third place in the Premier League and the final of the Carabao Cup.

Despite this, Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear after his style of football has failed to endear him to many of the club’s fans.

Read on as we assess the latest state of play at Chelsea.

Sarri must stay

Sarri’s refusal to ditch his principles ultimately played dividends as Chelsea ran riot against Arsenal to clinch the Europa League title.

Many fans rebelled against ‘Sarriball’ during the season, but their criticisms look hugely unfair given what the club has achieved this season.

Frank Lampard has been tipped to replace Sarri, but failure to win promotion from the Championship with Derby County is not the ideal audition to make an emotional return to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are priced at 11/10 to finish in the top four next season and many punters will be eager to use the offer at Matchbook to back them to do just that if Sarri stays.

Thanks Eden, it was fun while it lasted

Eden Hazard suggested he had played his last game for the club after scoring twice to help the Blues win the Europa League.

The Belgium star has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid and said he is now “waiting on both clubs” to sort things out.

Hazard has scored 110 goals in 352 appearances for the Blues since joining in 2012 and has helped the club win six major trophies.

A fee of around £130 million will soften the blow of Hazard’s departure, although the club’s ban on incoming transfers means it could be a while before they get to spend it.

Youngsters ready to make their mark

If Chelsea fail to have their transfer ban overturned it potentially opens the door for many of their promising youngsters to be handed more opportunities.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have already impressed with the first team, while Ethan Ampadu is another who could benefit if Chelsea can’t sign new players.

Tammy Abraham shone in the Championship with Aston Villa last season and he is believed to want to try and nail down a place in the Blues’ first team.

Reece James also did well in the second tier with Wigan Athletic in 2018/19 and could make the step up with Chelsea next term.

Chelsea 2019/20 season prediction

Chelsea will probably find it difficult to catch Manchester City and Liverpool, but they look capable of finishing in the top four with or without Hazard.

A transfer ban potentially complicates matters, although the Blues have enough promising youngsters coming through to compensate for this.

It will certainly be tough to win the Champions League, but winning one of the domestic cups should not be beyond Chelsea next season.

One Response to “Chelsea Review: Sarri must stay, Hazard says goodbye, youngsters ready to shine”

  1. My aneme is Chris from Nigeria .but now live in souther Africa now. chesal is my club im so happy four there to win There cup. pis pls i want Maurizio sarri to stay in chesal no body is good but sarri maurizio do good work four chesal i want here to stay in club . what if chesal be like Liverpool four log time no cup four there what chesal well do ?