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Not Pulisic – Look who replaced Eden Hazard as the feature player for Chelsea in Sky Sports graphic for next season

Since ending their season on a high by winning the Europa League, things have been slowly going down for Chelsea.

The future at Chelsea looks bleak at the moment. They’ve lost their best player, their manager, and have an ongoing transfer ban to deal with. 

While the fans are hoping for the club to get back on track as soon as possible, watching Ross Barkley as the face of Chelsea in a promotional poster released by Sky Sports isn’t really helping their cause.

Barkley had an ordinary season with 5 goals and 6 assists in 48 appearances with Chelsea last season and is nowhere near to be the ‘face of the club’ yet.

While fan favourite N’Golo Kante or new signing Christian Pulisic would’ve been better received by fans there are far bigger problems for both fans and the Chelsea management to worry about.

There’s no doubt about the impact of a player like Eden Hazard leaving, but it is the departure of manager Maurizio Sarri that further escalates their problems. 

Sarri didn’t exactly win over the Chelsea fanbase particularly with the decision to play N’Golo Kante out of position favoring his marquee signing Jorginho throughout the season.

His rapport with the players too was under constant scrutiny (for instance the horrific “misunderstanding” with Kepa in the EFL Cup final) which is why he left immediately when Juventus came knocking.

But guess what, this isn’t the end of their problems. They have a transfer ban till the summer of 2020 imposed by FIFA and youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are likely to miss the early part of the next season. 

Only time will tell us what transpires at Chelsea but the next few months are definitely going to be critical for them. 

Check out the Sky Sports graphic for next season feat. Ross Barkley below –

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Photo – Maurizio Sarri giving Ross Barkley the finger in Chelsea training

Moments before the brawl in the Chelsea camp last night was covered by the cameras, Maurizio Sarri appears to be showing ‘the finger’ to Ross Barkley during an open training session. The duo seem to be sharing a light moment in the picture during a practice session.

Things got heated in the live training session

Chelsea Manager Sarri left the pitch furiously during their last training session in Baku before the big clash against London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday.

The Italian manager was seen throwing his Chelsea cap, kicking it into the air and retrieving it again just to throw it back onto the ground.

The heated incident took place shortly after an argument between David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain in a routine training session.

The Brazilian defender left a flailing elbow on Higuain’s face while shielding the ball against the Argentine. It appeared that the Chelsea number 9 went too hard while tackling Luiz and this infuriated the defender.

Captain Azpilicueta’s intervention calmed things down between the international rivals but failed to keep the manager’s fury under control. Even the members of the coaching staff failed to keep Sarri’s temper down as he headed straight into the tunnel after the incident.

Limited options in the midfield against Arsenal

The manager already had other concerns with limited options in the midfield after the likes of Kante, Loftus-Cheek and Odoi were all ruled out of the finale due to injuries. The manager has confirmed in his latest interview that N’golo Kante’s availability still remains a 50-50 scenario. This leaves Sarri with only Jorginho, kovacic and Barkley as the only options in a three-man midfield.

Despite having a wobbly season the manager claims that this season has been good and winning the Europa League would make it “wonderful”. The Italian manager finished third in the league securing a spot in the Champions League next season.

He also took the Blues into the League Cup final against City which they lost in penalties and are determined to win this finale in Baku.

Photo of Sarri dishing out the middle finger to Ross Barkley in training