Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle has been baffled by some of Maurizio Sarri’s decisions so far this season especially his decision to play Eden Hazard as a false nine on several occasions this season.
In Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Anfield, Sarri again opted to use Hazard as a false nine and the Belgian struggled to make an impact until he was moved to his natural left wing position after Liverpool had taken a 2-0 lead.
Hoddle insists he doesn’t understand the logic behind playing Hazard as a striker.
Hoddle told BT Sport: “Absolutely (fans will be happy to see him wide), I just don’t get it, why would you put such a talented player with his back to play?
“Where centre backs will come in and get him, midfielders who are holding are going to nip back get him. Why would you put him in those circumstances?
“Also at Anfield and certain games you need someone to hold the ball up for you. Consequently Liverpool had too much for them. I don’t get it… they need a target man. You can’t play balls to Hazard, one of the best players in the world, like that. No one is going to be able to produce anything with service like that.”
Sarri’s decision to play Hazard as a striker isn’t the only decision the Italian has made that has baffled Hoddle.
The former Chelsea boss isn’t convinced Gonzalo Higuain should be starting ahead of Olivier Giroud. According to Hoddle, every Chelsea fan knows the importance of Giroud to the team except Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
“Giroud is class, and he gives Chelsea a focal point and allows Hazard to play off a focal point, which is important,” Hoddle added. “I think everyone in this stadium knows that bar Sarri.
“Higuain looks as if he’s thinking about things before he’s even going to get a shot off. He’s a little bit slower than he was in yesteryear, he was a fantastic striker, don’t get me wrong. He looks like he should be in better shape than when he arrived, but for me he looks actually a little bit in less good shape, he looks as if he’s put a bit of weight on since he’s been here.
“Perhaps he’s been in the gym too much, I don’t know.”