Sarri Names Fabregas Replacement At Chelsea

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has named Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu as reliable replacements for Cesc Fabregas.

Following the Blues’ mauling of hopeless Huddersfield Town at the hands of Eden Hazard and Juventus loanee Gonzalo Higuain on Saturday, Sarri revealed who he considers as replacements for Fabregas, who left for Monaco in January.

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“I have to try with our own players,” he said (via Football London). “So, I think Mateo Kovacic could be a very good option. A very good option, then we need to recover completely Ruben Loftus-Cheek, after his back problem.

“Then, we can play sometimes with Kovacic as a central midfielder and then Jorginho will be able to rest. We are trying in training with two players; the first is Ethan Ampadu and the second is Kovacic.

“It may be that for the characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team.”

“As you know, Ampadu is more defensive. Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball really fast at one-touch. In the future, I think he will be able to do this position well,” added Sarri.

Chelsea gave themselves some breathing space in the table with their 5-0 rout over Huddersfield on Saturday. Their victory keeps them in the top four, two points ahead of Manchester United.

The Blues could lose their place next week, however, when they face a romping Manchester City side at the Etihad – United play struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage.