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The board were reportedly unimpressed with Maurizio Sarri’s decision to bench Eden Hazard for the Blues’ Europa League semi-final with Eintracht Frankfurt, according to a report on The Times.
Many Chelsea fans were unimpressed with the decision to bench Hazard for the game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday and the Times has now claimed the board were left baffled and unimpressed with Sarri’s controversial decision.
With Chelsea fighting to secure a top four spot in the Premier League as well as win the Europa League trophy, the board expect Sarri to start Hazard in every game between now and the end of the season.
It is believed Hazard will leave Chelsea for Real Madrid at the end of the season and the Belgian reportedly wants to leave on a positive note by helping the club win the Europa League.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle was also unimpressed with Sarri’s decision to bench Hazard for the game against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hoddle said: “When the teams came through we were both scratching our heads, to say why would you leave him out?
“We’re coming to the end of the season, not like he’s got a massive load of games to play ahead.
“He’s got a game on Sunday, so he’s got rest time, he hasn’t played since last Sunday at Manchester, so I really for the life of me can’t understand why you wouldn’t play your best player in this semi-final and I’m sure those Chelsea fans that have travelled or are watching in tonight will be scratching their heads because you need your best players in the semi-finals.
“You play your best team, you get to the final and then you try to win the trophy – which puts them back in the Champions League! I for the life of me… it can’t be to rest him.”
Hoddle added: “Just imagine (the Frankfurt) dressing room, when the teams come in, and Hazard’s not starting — what a lift that gives you!
“It will do, yes they might have worked a few days on how to stop him, they might not, but Hazard, one of the best players in the world… not playing against that, you’ve got to be happy about that.
“Suddenly, without stepping on the pitch you’ve got a bit of emphasis, a bit of intent.”
Explaining his decision not to start Hazard, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said: “First of all he’s played the last 10 matches in a row, and second he is usually able to change the match from the bench. I don’t want him to play for 90 minutes.”