The World Cup may have taken Chelsea fans’ attention away from the stagnation at their club but the conclusion of the greatest show on earth lays bare the scale of the job that faces new manager Maurizio Sarri.
The former Napoli boss must get Chelsea back into the Champions League, keep Thibaut Courtois, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, all while overhauling the playing staff and style after a season of underachievement.
Keeping talisman Hazard is the most pressing concern but the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus has created quite the conundrum for Sarri as rumours swirl that the Belgian captain is Real Madrid’s preferred choice to replace the wideman.
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Obviously Chelsea don’t want to lose the man who netted the winner in the FA Cup final, but if they do, thoughts must turn to who can replace him and the answer may well lie at the Bernabeu.
So, we put it to Chelsea fans whether Marco Asensio, 22, would be a good replacement for Hazard and 75 per cent of Blues supporters said that he was, as you can see from the full results below…