Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri believes Marcos Alonso can improve defensively

Tyler Owen
September 1, 2018

He has to improve in order to play my football.

Bournemouth have won two of their three Premier League away games against Chelsea - against no side have they won more on the road in the top-flight (also 2 vs Newcastle, West Ham and Bournemouth).

It's hard to believe, and it's sitll early, but this is a top five battle.

The draw for the group stages of the Europa League was completed yesterday, pitting the Blues against Greece's PAOK, BATE Borisov of Belarus and Hungarian champions Vidi. Now, he's revealed his picks for this weekend's Premier League fixtures. Starting in September, we will play every three days, so Loftus-Cheek will be very important and useful for us. I know him very well.

Junior Stanislas is the only Bournemouth player out after needing an operation on a serious knee injury, which he sustained against Watford in April.

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"He has physical qualities at the top level so I think he can do more in the defensive phase but I am not anxious, he is a very good player but I think he can do more".

"But the pain is still there so for him it is impossible to run on the pitch, only possible to run in water". "Yes, I was surprised", Sarri smiles. If he wants to remain, I'm very happy with him.

'I think so [he can push for a start]. It's not a problem for him!

The midfield pairing will once again be hoping to hit the ground running against the Cherries to maintain their unbeaten league record this term, but Sarri is wary of the threat Eddie Howe's side can pose after their bright start to the season. "He is a very interesting young coach", the Italian said of Eddie Howe. I think he will make a mark in the English game.

"I think that he will be important for sure".

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