Chelsea have gotten off their Europa League campaign off to a perfect start, winning their first two games in the competition.
Here are four things we learned from their 1-0 win over Hungarian outfit Videoton.
4. Maurizio Sarri Isn’t Downplaying the Competition
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has never won a trophy as a manager, and it is clear that he sees the Europa League as a perfect opportunity to finally win one.
One could tell how seriously the Italian is taking this tournament by the players he has been fielding. And that Eden Hazard wasn’t allowed to rest for the full 90 on Thursday should be indication enough that Sarri is taking the Europa League very seriously.
3. Videoton’s Defence Were Prepared for Sarri’s Blues
Chelsea were expected to turn Hungarian side Videoton over, but could only manage one goal on the night. Although Alvaro Morata threw an easy opportunity away in the first half, the general defensive output from the visitors was quite impressive, especially their last-ditch blocking and tackling.
2. Alvaro Morata Can Still Score
It’s taken him six games and several chances, but the Spaniard is back among the goals and the Blues will hope he can go on a run after Thursday’s strike.
Morata missed an absolute sitter in the first half to send Blues fans into a mad frenzy on Twitter. But his winner in the second half was actually a great hit and he couldn’t hold his emotions back after finally ending his drought.
1. Chelsea Cannot Afford to Have Eden Hazard Unavailable at All This Season
The Belgian is the in-form in the Premier League this season and it’s looking like he won’t be afforded a proper break just yet as Sarri simply can’t do without him.
Of course, Hazard has no issue with this and is hoping to play as much as he can this term. But should he become available for any reason – touch wood – the ‘Sarriballing’ Blues will likely be in huge trouble.