Italian football expert names 1 player Sarri should give up on & 2 who have to get more opportunities
- Gabrielle Marcotti believes Marcos Alonso is a problem.
- The journalist wants to see Emerson Palmieri playing instead of the Spaniard, although he doesn't think the Brazilian is a much better option.
- Andreas Christensen is the one who should get much more opportunities, as per the Italian.
- Elsewhere, the reporter stresses Maurizio Sarri has to make sure his messages, tactical or motivational, are understood well by the players.
On Sunday, February 10, Chelsea suffered a humbling 6-0 defeat to Manchester City at Etihad. Although the scoreboard is self-explanatory and the result hardly implies that any of the Blues did exceptionally well on the pitch, some of the players still get more criticism than other lads.
Thus, Gabriele Marcotti has also shared his thoughts on the Blues' issues at the moment. The reporter is quite a remarkable journalist who, in fact, might be called a specialist in what concerns Italian managers and players, as he even wrote three books working closely with Fabio Capello, Paolo Di Canio and Gianluca Vialli.
On Maurizio Sarri's troubles at Chelsea, Marcotti told ESPN FC:
"I think Alonso’s a problem. I’d like to see Emerson get a run in the side, not that he’s any great shakes. I think Christensen should be given certainly far more of an opportunity. I think those two are the key element.
“Chelsea fans defending Marcos Alonso more than Marcos Alonso actually defends.” Absolutely made my day 😂👌🏻 #MCICHE— Nicholas Gan (@NickGan_10) February 11, 2019
"But most important is you can’t have stupid defensive mistakes which is what cost them that game. I think that’s something you need to work on more on the training pitch and figure out how to get your message across to your players."
Alonso has been an irreplaceable man for Sarri this season. The Spaniard has played 25 games in the Premier League so far, missing only one. The 28-year-old, who has consistently been among Chelsea's best performers in previous seasons, looks like a pale shadow of himself. As it seems, Marcos just can't play as a full-back in the back four.
At this point, it's pretty clear that Emerson Palmieri, who has been nothing more than a back-up option for the Spain international, hasn't had much playing time. The Brazilian has played 14 games in all competitions, with 5 in the Europa League being the most in a separately-taken tournament.
Andreas Christensen's situation is similar. The talented and versatile Dane is also regarded as a fringe player by Sarri and has made 14 appearances for the club as well.