Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri instructed to give one star more playing time

CHELSEA star Willian should be getting more game time for the Blues under Maurizio Sarri.

That’s according to former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

The Brazilian winger scored Chelsea’s only goal on Thursday as they ran out 1-0 winners in their opening Europa League game against PAOK.

He also netted in last Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Cardiff, scoring the Blues final goal after Eden Hazard stole the show with a hat-trick.

And despite his fine form, Thursday marked Willian’s first game of the season to see out the full 90 minutes, having been subbed on or off in each of their five Premier League fixtures.

He was often forced to play second fiddle to the likes of Hazard and Spanish winger Pedro under Antonio Conte.

But former England international Hargreaves believes Willian is one of Chelsea’s greatest attacking talents, and that he should be playing more.

He told BT Sport: “He’s a beautiful football player, he really is.

“He’s not really a winger and he’s not really a No 10.

“He’s such a smart player, technically so good, touch, everything about him.

“He’s a great finisher, great passer. It’s amazing he doesn’t actually play more,” Hargreaves added.

“Every time you watch him play, he looks like he’s one of Chelsea’s best players.”

Ex-Chelsea man Glenn Hoddle echoed Hargreaves comments on Thursday night, revealing his confusion as to why he isn’t selected more.

“His finishing is actually guiding it into corners, he doesn’t try to hit it too hard,” Hoddle said.

“It’s all technique and he sets the ball up beautifully.

“He’s got pace, he works hard for the team,” he added.

“He’s always having to prove to the manager to stay in the side, it’s a strange one.”

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