Sarri explains substitutions and system change

Maurizio Sarri said he brought Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi on against Wolves because he felt Chelsea needed more of a physical presence and someone who could go past players.

Chelsea needed an injury-time equaliser by Eden Hazard to rescue a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, where head coach Sarri sent on Loftus-Cheek and then Hudson-Odoi in the second half.

Sarri explained: “We started (the substitutions) with Loftus-Cheek because in my opinion we needed more of a physical impact in the opposition box.

“Then Odoi because it was impossible to change our match in that moment so it was really very important to have a player very able one-against-one.

Loftus-Cheek made an impact after coming on

“Then, for the first time this season, we changed the system and we played the last 20 minutes with 4-2-3-1.

“It wasn’t easy because the problem wasn’t the system but our way of playing – we need to move the ball faster.”

Sarri also defended Jorginho, insisting Chelsea’s problems were caused by a lack of movement from other players – including Hazard.

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