FORMER CHELSEA STRIKER EXPLAINS WHY MAURIZIO SARRI ISN’T THE MAN TO LEAD CHELSEA FORWARD

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Chelsea beat Cardiff City 2-1 on Sunday thanks to some controversial refereeing decisions.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri opted to rest Eden Hazard for the game against Cardiff and former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton doesn’t believe Sarri is the man to lead Chelsea forward.

“Maurizio Sarri got lucky in Cardiff. If it were not for the assistant referee, Chelsea would have been fortunate to escape with a point,” Sutton told Daily Mail.

“Sarri may get lucky again and win the Europa League. Even if he does — securing Champions League football in the process — this abject performance only highlights why he cannot be the man to lead Chelsea next season.

“His decisions are becoming increasingly erratic.

“There are no easy games at this stage of a Premier League season, especially against a Cardiff side battling against relegation, so why leave out your best player?

“If Sarri wanted to rest Eden Hazard, would it not have been better to start him, win the game early on and then take him off with half an hour to go?

“The reaction of the Chelsea supporters who made the trip to South Wales shows they have lost faith in their manager.

“If they haven’t already, the board must be rapidly running out of patience, too.”

Meanwhile, former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg insists referee Craig Pawson was right not to send off Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger for fouling Kenneth Zohore when the forward was bearing down on goal.

“Neil Warnock was right to be infuriated by the decision to allow Chelsea’s equalizer,” Clattenburg told Daily Mail.

“Let’s be clear, these decisions — when a player moves from an offside to an onside position in a split second — are the hardest for assistant referees.

“In this case, though, the assistant should not be getting this wrong. He is in line and the play comes from a corner.

“The fact that VAR would clear up this kind of error is of no consolation to teams like Cardiff, who need these decisions to go their way now.

“Cardiff were also angered by Craig Pawson’s decision not to send off Antonio Rudiger for fouling Kenneth Zohore when the forward was bearing down on goal but a yellow card was the right call.

“For a player to be sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, the attacker must have a clear chance and be in possession of the ball before being fouled.

“With the goalkeeper also coming out to challenge for the ball, there was enough doubt that Zohore had a clear route to goal.”

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