Maurizio Sarri reveals why he has banned lifting weights in Chelsea training

Maurizio Sarri has revealed why he has banned Chelsea players from lifting weights in training.

The Blues go to BATE Borisov in the Europa League this evening in red-hot form and are yet to taste defeat in all competitions this term.

Alvaro Morata has been left behind to rest after a rich vein of form which has seen him hit five goals in his last six outings, including two in their victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

But when asked if the Spaniard would be lifting weights, Sarri responded: “He will not be doing weights. Yesterday he had aerobic training. Today he will have strength training – but we don’t use any weights.

“It’s all natural work that we do in the gym. Nobody does weights. I’ve never seen a player with a weight on the pitch.”

Chelsea will be expected to return from Belarus with all three points and maintain their 100 per cent record in Europe this season.

But midfielder Mateo Kovacic says the Blues cannot take their hosts lightly, especially after Liverpool slipped up at Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.

He said: “I watched the game, and Liverpool struggled a lot. In Belgrade, the atmosphere is tough. It’s difficult to play there, like it will be here.

“These are games where you need to concentrate – or you will lose. The most important thing is that we need to be prepared so what happened to Liverpool doesn’t happen to us.

“It’s a good thing that people still say we can play better. We are still unbeaten and we have not played at our highest level, because we have been with the coach only two or three months now.

“We need to improve a lot. It needs time to understand completely and work on the manager’s football, but we’re doing a great job.

“Every game and every training session we’ll be better. I don’t know how long it will take to get there. Manchester City with Pep Guardiola struggled in their first season. We’re doing very well because the team has great talent.”

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