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Sarri: Drinkwater and Moses do not fit Chelsea system

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Kristopher Love | 04 November, 2018, 10:27

The Blues duo are now out of favour at Stamford Bridge and the club's head coach explained why their appearances have been limited.

Nigerian worldwide Moses was a first-team regular under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte but since the summer arrival of Italian manager Sarri, the wing-back has found himself dumped on the bench.

Sarri explained why the duo are not featuring much in the early stages of his tenure at the club.

The Chelsea manager said: "The situation is that Drinkwater, for me, is suitable for a midfield with two midfielders".

"I told him two months ago what I think".

Moses was one of the stars of Chelsea's Premier League triumph under Conte but does not appear to have a future under new boss Sarri.

Asked whether the pair still have Chelsea futures, Sarri said: 'I don't know.

Drinkwater, who won the top-flight with Leicester City before joining the Blues, has had an even more limited role this season and is expected to move on in January or the summer.

The Carabao Cup tie against Derby County marked Willian's 10th successive start for Chelsea in all competitions and, despite making changes for the game, Sarri still called on David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro from the bench.

"Ninety minutes are 90 minutes".

Jason Puncheon was afforded a rare opportunity in the Crystal Palace first team on Wednesday night, starting against Middlesbrough as the Eagles fell to a League Cup defeat. I have to look also at the minutes in the national teams.

"If you look only at the Premier League, the situation is bad, you're right", Sarri added regarding his minimal squad selection.

"In Naples, everybody wanted to win Serie A. Only Serie A. So maybe this atmosphere influenced my choices".

"He has great technical quality, he has great quality from a physical point of view - he is improving since his injury last season - and he has improved from the tactical point of view. So, for us, it is important".

"We have to think only about the game points. At the moment we can think only that we need to cover the gap". This news was confirmed by Sarri during his pre-match press conference.

He thinks that players at Loftus-Cheek's age are capable of fighting to be at Chelsea. He's getting the best out of certain players. It is not possible that every player is good enough to play here when he is 19 or 20.

"It is not easy but it is not easy also at the other big clubs".

However, additional information reveals that his former coach at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, who is now in charge at Manchester United, is on the hunt for Moses. It is normal if you want to play with continuity in a team like this.

"But then when you return you have the same problem".

Chelsea will be looking to keep the pressure on the Premier League's top two with a win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.