Chelsea’s hierarchy was not happy with Maurizio Sarri’s decision to bench Eden Hazard for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Eintracht Frankfurt, according to reports.
The Belgium international played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last Sunday but was expected to start for the first leg of Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final in Germany.
Instead, Sarri opted to start Hazard on the bench and bring him on in the 61st minute. Chelsea secured a 1-1 draw against Frankfurt with Pedro cancelling out Luka Jovic’s opening goal.
According to The Times, Chelsea bosses were left ‘baffled and unimpressed’ by Sarri’s decision as they want Hazard to start every game for the remainder of the season.
Explaining his decision to bench Hazard, Sarri said: ‘For a player that has 70 matches in a season, starting him from the bench is a normal reaction.
‘We have to play again in 62 hours.’
Sarri also suggested that Hazard understood the logic behind played only part of the game against Frankfurt.
‘I don’t speak with the players that I want to put on the bench,’ said the Italian.
‘He is a player, so I have to do it otherwise I have to speak to everyone.
‘He was a normal way, joking as usual. He knows the truth very well.’
Chelsea could take a huge step closer to securing a top-four finish in the Premier League with a win over Watford on Sunday.
Sarri’s side will then host Frankfurt in the return leg of their Europa League semi-final at Stamford Bridge next Thursday before their final Premier League game of the season against Leicester City next Sunday.
(This story originally appeared on metro.co.uk)