Eden Hazard: Maurizio Sarri says Belgian forward needed to rest against Eintracht Frankfurt

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Eden Hazard (right) replaced Willian midway through the second half

Maurizio Sarri said he left Eden Hazard out of the Chelsea starting line-up against Eintracht Frankfurt to keep him fresh for the push for Champions League qualification.

Hazard, with 19 goals this season, came on in the 61st minute as Chelsea fought from a goal down to draw 1-1 in their Europa League semi-final first leg.

“For a player that has 70 matches in a season, starting him from the bench is a normal reaction,” manager Sarri said.

“We have to play again in 62 hours.”

The Italian explained that he did not inform Hazard, rumoured to be leaving Stamford Bridge