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Chelsea lined up at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City without a recognised centre-forward in the starting XI, with Eden Hazard leading the line, supported by Willian and Pedro.

Olivier Giroud was on the bench while Alvaro Morata was left out of the 18-man squad completely.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed before the game against Manchester City that his decision to leave Morata out of his squad for the visit of Manchester City was a tactical one, because it would be useless to have two strikers on the bench.

When asked about his decision to leave out Morata, Sarri said: “I wanted to play Hazard in a different position.

“It’s useless to have two strikers on the bench.”

Speaking after the victory over Manchester City, Sarri added: “It was clear we had Hazard as a striker, so we have to change something there was Giroud.

“It was useless to have two strikers on the bench and I prefer to have more midfielders today I was in trouble with the wingers so the option was Loftus so I prefer this.”

Meanwhile, David Luiz was pleased with Chelsea’s performance against Manchester City. He scored Chelsea’s second goal of the game after N’Golo Kante had given Chelsea the lead just before halftime.

“It was a great game,” Luiz said.

“I think we are playing against the best team in Europe at the moment.

“They have great players and are playing very well.

“We had to suffer but then we took our chance to score.

“It went well, our plan. We have had some bad results but tried to improve.

“All the team did great. We keep fighting but keep our feet on the ground.”

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