Chelsea’s young pair
Maurizio Sarri is in ‘cannot win’ territory, and he should not expect to leave it for some time. If Chelsea’s manager now picks Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a regular basis and sees them thrive, his critics will reason that a grave error was made in not picking them earlier. If the pair are picked and perform poorly, it is because Sarri has eroded their belief. If they are relegated back to the bench now, Chelsea’s manager will have a mutiny on his hands.