EDEN Hazard has not travelled with Chelsea to Greece where they will get their Europa League campaign underway against PAOK.
The Belgian has featured in every Premier League game so far this season, and scored a hat-trick against Cardiff on Saturday, but was left out of the Blues’ travelling party due to tiredness.
Speaking about the forward, manager Maurizio Sarri said: “He told me after the national team, and the match against Cardiff, he was a little bit tired, so I thought it would be better for him to stay at Cobham and rest.
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“Our target is first of all to qualify, and then to qualify in first spot in our group. So, in order to win our group, the match tomorrow is the most important in the group because it’s the most difficult match.”
Chelsea have won every game they have played in so far, but PAOK head coach Razvan Lucescu says his side will be looking to keep their organisation.
“We know very well that Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world and in this moment they are going through a very good period,” he said.
“What can I tell you is we are prepared for the game, to keep our organisation as usual. We have to control in the moment that we have the ball with correct approach this situations.”
This preview originally appeared on Sky Sports.
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