Published: Thu, May 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sarri anxious as Chelsea's defence faces crisis ahead of Europa clash

Sarri anxious as Chelsea's defence faces crisis ahead of Europa clash

However, on the eve of his side's daunting semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, a sense of pragmatism appeared to have taken hold.

"We've played 58 matches so injuries are typical", Sarri said.

Rudiger's absence means Sarri will now be forced to lean heavily on Christensen for the decisive matches of Chelsea's season in the Premier League and Europa League, and he is confident the Dane will prove equal to the moment.

Premier League giants Manchester United might miss out on one of their transfer targets this summer following the news that the player has agreed on a contract with Real Madrid.

Manolas has always been linked with a move to the Premier League and he has been in decent form this season, scoring one goal and making one assist in 25 Serie A games.

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Sarri's options are limited and the Spaniard could start alongside David Luiz against the Bundesliga outfit.

Sarri said centre-back Andrea Christensen is "ready to play" as the Blues struggling with injuries, with Antonio Rudiger's season over following knee surgery and Gary Cahill unavailable with an Achilles tendon problem.

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Chelsea won the Europa League in 2013 and are unbeaten in this season's competition, knocking out Slavia Prague in the last round. "We are in trouble with the centre-backs", said Sarri. For the last two trainings we played with Azpilicueta at centre-back.

"I enjoy whatever the manager thinks is useful for the team".

Eintracht have impressed on the continent as they chase their first European final since winning the UEFA Cup - the forerunner to the current Europa League - in 1980, seeing off highly-fancied Benfica in the previous round despite having to play with 10 men for 70 minutes of the first leg.

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