Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea host Fulham on Sunday
Claudio Ranieri was known as the Tinkerman during his time in charge of Chelsea but the present incumbent has a very different attitude towards rotation. As they prepare to go head to head on Super Sunday, Nick Wright assesses the risks of Maurizio Sarri’s reluctance to use his squad.
Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season came to an emphatic end on Saturday. Maurizio Sarri’s side were defeated 3-1 by Tottenham and the scoreline could have been worse. Sarri admitted Chelsea had been outplayed. Their performance, he added, had been a “disaster”.
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The defeat left the Italian with plenty to ponder. Is it time to drop Alvaro Morata? Is N’Golo Kante being played out of position? Does the back four need to be reconfigured? Sarri needs answers but the bigger question is whether he will break with habit in order to find them.