Chelsea have a crucial weekend tie against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, and a win for the Blues will further strengthen Chelsea’s position for a Champions League spot.
Chelsea are six points ahead of the Gunners and will be aiming for a victory to increase the gap to 9 points.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has the option of starting either of Eden Hazard or Olivier Giroud as his striker for this clash.
In recent weeks, Sarri has preferred to play Hazard as a false nine, and the manager was asked if he would deploy Hazard in that role again or give Giroud an opportunity against his former club.
Sarri revealed in his pre-match press conference that he’s undecided about the decision he’d take for that position.
“I have to decide,” he said, “but Giroud for the first six months played very often. Then it is normal that I can choose something different. Tomorrow will be a very difficult match for the offensive phase so we need our team to be balanced.”
Arsenal have been in poor form recently, and the Gunners have kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League since September, which was against Huddersfield Town, so Chelsea have the opportunity to take advantage of their vulnerability at the back, especially with the presence of a certain Eden Hazard.
Speaking ahead of the game, Sarri revealed that he’s expecting a risky game against the Arsenal side who are good in the attacking phase.
“This match is for us a risk and an opportunity,” Sarri said in his press conference.
“It is a risk of course because Arsenal are doing well at home so it is a very difficult and dangerous for us, and it is also a great opportunity for us.
“The match is very important but very difficult because they are a very good team, and in the offensive phase they are one the best teams in the Premier League.”