EPL: Sarri reveals why Chelsea star is struggling to get playing time

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The Spaniard has made rapid progress since linking up with the Blues in a £24 million ($31m) deal back in 2016.

But new manager, Sarri, has offered hope to Loftus-Cheek by hinting that the powerful midfielder will play an important role in his side this season.

PFA Team of the Year recognition has been received, as have further senior global call-ups with Spain.

The 27-year-old had more playing opportunities under Conte, only after he was converted to a right wing-back, but is behind Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro in Sarri's pecking order of wingers in the new season.

Hazard has been in good form for Maurizio Sarri's side so far this season despite him being one of the latest players to return to Chelsea FC following his involvement in the World Cup with Belgium.

"Physical qualities at a top level, I think". He's doing very well in the offensive phase. I think he needs to improve from the tactical point of view.

'Alonso, at the moment, this position at left-back is maybe the best in Europe, ' said Sarri.

Stamford Bridge is not exactly a forgiving place to make your Premier League debut, but Rico looked right at home down the Bournemouth left.

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The news sparked a storm of protest online, but Dworman said "it is not right that he shouldn't be able to perform again". Dworman did say, however, that "there can't be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong".

"He will be very important and very useful for us".

The best and worst of David Luiz was on show in the first half.

"The first half was hard and maybe we needed to move the ball with another speed and without the ball".

"They were very organised and they defended very well but usually in this match you have to be patient because you can win in the last 20 minutes". So I was always confident.

"I think that now, for us it's better to think about the next match", he said.

This was hardly a sparkling performance, but showing this kind of resolve to get the points while still adjusting to Sarri's methods will doubtless please their head coach.

"I asked him why Empoli, and he told me he was studying all the little clubs in Italy and France in that period, and he was most impressed with Empoli".

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