Chelsea were drawn against Swedish club Malmo in the last 32 of the Europa League and former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Chelsea would win the Europa League because the Blues are the most talented team in the Europa League.
Hargreaves insists Malmo will be no match for Sarri’s Chelsea and revealed he loves the way Chelsea plays under Sarri.
“They’re probably the most talented team in the competition,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
“Especially the attacking football they’re playing, Malmo will realise they are right up against it.
“So much so they will probably appreciate Chelsea are the best team in the competition and they will be massive underdogs.
“I love the way this Chelsea team play.”
John Hartson also agreed with Hargreaves and backed Chelsea to beat Malmo with ease.
“We all fancy Chelsea. I don’t see Malmo causing them any difficulties,” Hartson said.
“Always away from home the crowd are vocal and you’ve got to be professional and get the right result.
“But going back to Stamford Bridge then, I just see Chelsea under Sarri as in the top-four category.
“They’re almost guaranteed to finish in the top four I think. So for me Chelsea will beat Malmo comfortably.”
Sarri has rotated his squad for the Europa League but Hartson believes Sarri will start picking his strongest team as Chelsea advance further in the competition.
“The further you go in the tournament, the manager will start picking his strongest team,” Hartson added.
“On the fringes, the youngsters might not get as many opportunities as you start thinking about winning the tournament.
“You look at Chelsea and they don’t really have a centre-forward who is leading their line every single week, scoring goals.
“You also worry if there is an injury to (Eden) Hazard.
“In (Alvaro) Morata or (Olivier) Giroud, they are not 20/25 goals-per-season strikers.
“They link the side but… that might be the concern with all the competitions Chelsea are in.”