Eden Hazard pleaded for more game time after his starring role for Chelsea.
The Belgian ace, 27, started from the bench for the second game running by new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
But he set up Marcos Alonso for the winner that beat Arsenal in a thrilling derby — and then said he was far from happy with the situation.
Hazard said: “It is better to be on the pitch than the bench. I think he’s the kind of manager who wants to have control on the ball. I just want to play and have the ball at my feet.”
Hazard, linked with a £200million move to Real Madrid, added: “The 11 who started did well. If I’m on for 15 minutes, 20 minutes or 90 minutes I do my best. Today I did well.
“We have good players, we want to do something magic, it’s good to have that in a manager. We just want to enjoy it and win games.”
Sarri insisted Hazard is not ready to start after his World Cup exertions — and believes it may take two weeks to get him up to speed.
He said: “He is a great player but in this moment he’s not able to play for 90 minutes.
“Yesterday I thought it was better for 25, 30 minutes when the intensity of the match is going down.”
Pedro and Alvaro Morata scored for Chelsea, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi levelled before Alonso’s winner.
Alonso added: “We definitely deserved that.”