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Sarri reveals what Chelsea must do to surely win the league

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Much was made of Christian Benteke's iffy form last term, but Jordan Ayew hasn't been much of an improvement, and Roy Hodgson must be wondering why none of his midfielders are chipping in in open play; Andros Townsend and James McArthur in particular are well capable of contributing, but are leaving Wilfried Zaha to do too much.

Mark Lawrenson believes Chelsea FC will ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

"I think the situation is that Drinkwater, for me, is not suitable for a midfield with two midfielders", he told a media conference.

Chelsea lie third in the Premier League after 10 matches, only two points behind defending champions Manchester City and Liverpool, and are yet to taste defeat after scoring 24 goals and conceding just seven.

The 27-year old has less than two years to run on his current contract at the club and Chelsea need to make a decision before the end of the season as they may prefer to cash in on their prized asset rather than allowing him to leave on a free transfer in 2020. Moses is more suited to play at wing-back rather than as a winger or a full-back, I think.

When asked if they still have Chelsea futures, Sarri said: "I don't know".

Drinkwater had offers for a loan move over the summer from more than one Premier League club but they were thrown out by Chelsea as they didn't offer enough of a loan fee, with the club hoping to sell him outright.

Maurizio Sarri arrived in English football with a to-do list and a half, and barely any time to get stuck into it.

"But we've used 26 players in all competitions this season". You have to look at the League Cup, Europa League and the national team. I have to look at all the competitions, because 90 minutes is 90 minutes. "We have quality, technical qualities, and we need to improve the defensive phase, otherwise we are not a solid team".

"I think that we have worked very well".

"Probably he will be able to play for 40 to 45 minutes". And if you are not a solid team you can not have very important targets.

Sarri will be looking to maintain his unbeaten start when Crystal Palace visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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