By Nick Purewal, Press Association Sport
Published: 23:36 BST, 11 April 2019 | Updated: 23:36 BST, 11 April 2019
Maurizio Sarri admitted he was forced to throw Eden Hazard into action in a bid to rescue the Europa League quarter-final first leg at Slavia Prague.
Chelsea head coach Sarri concedes he did not want to use Hazard at the Sinobo Stadium, but the Blues' lacklustre showing forced his hand in the second-half.
Marcos Alonso's late header saved Chelsea's night, with the Blues now expected to complete the job in next week's second leg and reach the semi-finals.
Maurizio Sarri admitted that he wanted to leave Eden Hazard on the bench in Prague
Sarri's men face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday in a key battle in their bid for a top-four Premier League finish, with Hazard doubtless now not as fresh as originally planned.
Asked if he had always planned to bring Hazard off the bench,