Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri said Belgian International, Eden Hazard was unable to start their opening game against Huddersfield because he arrived at the club late after the World Cup tournament.
Hazard was a cynosure of all eyes at the tournament as he dutifully led his side to a second-place finish for the first time in history.
Sarri said for Hazard to start against Arsenal on Saturday, he must enjoy a productive week of training to ascertain that he is fully fit for the match.
Sarri began his Chelsea journey on a perfect note as his team defeated Huddersfield 3-0, being the widest goal margin since the beginning of the league.
Goals from N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro sealed the victory for the Blues.
When Sarri was asked why he benched Hazard, he said, “I think that Eden in this moment cannot play for 90 minutes.
“He needs to improve [his fitness] and have more training.
“I thought the best thing for him was to play 15 20 minutes when the opposition was tired.”
Speaking on his team’s performance at Huddersfield, Sarri added, “I am very happy because in the first part of the season for us it will not be easy to gain points.
“The first half was hard. If you look at the result, you can think of an easy game.
“But we were in trouble for 15 minutes against a physical team… we are not a physical team.
“The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half, maybe they were tired and it was more comfortable.”