Pressure is mounting on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after the Blues crashed out of the FA Cup in the fifth round following a 2-0 loss to Manchester United on Monday.
Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot has warned Maurizio Sarri is forcing Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante out of Chelsea.
According to Melchiot, Kante is happy sitting in front of the defence and that is where he is at his best and he believes the France international might be forced to leave the club if Sarri continues to play him further forward.
Sarri also wants Chelsea star Hazard to quit dribbling and play one-touch football instead and Melchiot insists Hazard won’t be happy to do that because the Belgian is known for his dribbling.
“If you play players out of their position, you’re taking away their happiness and when their happiness goes, players are going to start looking at somewhere else,” Melchiot told TalkSport.
“[N’Golo] Kante is happy doing the job he’s good at, but now [Maurizio] Sarri is making him go forward.
“His strength is breaking up play and winning the ball back, and that allows other Chelsea players to take more risks because they have that security of Kante being behind them.
“That security is gone now and if they lose the ball, their opponents come straight at them.
“It’s the same with [Eden] Hazard. If you want to keep hold of your star players, you have to make them feel good about what they are doing.
“Sarri has started to complain that he dribbles too much with the ball but what do you want? That’s his ability and there is no player who wants to play against him when he does that.
“If you do not want him to dribble, if you want him to play one-touch instead, he should not be in your team.”