Maurizio Sarri hails Marcos Alonso as best left-back in Europe

02 September, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea have the opportunity to extend their flawless start under new manager Maurizio Sarri on Saturday.

I am really very happy with him.

The 27-year-old had more playing opportunities under Conte, only after he was converted to a right wing-back, but is behind Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro in Sarri's pecking order of wingers in the new season.

Sarri had warned before the opening game of the league campaign that his side would face a hard start as he attempted to implement a very different approach to that employed by Conte.

Chelsea looks to keep its ideal record on Saturday when it welcomes Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge on the fourth matchday of the Premier League.

As far as the defence is concerned, Kepa Arrizabalaga is a permanent presence in goal for Chelsea, with Maurizio Sarri likely to stick to the back four of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso.

Sarri told Sky Sports, "They (Bournemouth) defended very aggressively and made the situation not so easy".

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He said: "I think very well of Bournemouth".

"The gap at the beginning [to last season's champions Manchester City] was 30 points".

The best and worst of David Luiz was on show in the first half. But in this kind of match, usually you can win in the last 20-25 minutes.

He is very useful for me, first of all, but also for his team-mates.

Chelsea left it late to secure victory against Bournemouth and maintain their 100 per cent record.

"In the first half it was very hard to play - we needed to move the ball at a higher speed - but it wasn't easy. I think he needs to improve from the tactical point of view, nothing else". Chelsea played well, created any number of openings but Bournemouth too had their chances and their misses, and there was much to admire about the way they dealt with Chelsea's hugely talented team.

Chelsea's win masked another hard day for Alvaro Morata, who was largely ineffective before being replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 61st minute.

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