Chelsea need another step to be Premier League contenders, says Sarri

Chelsea need another step to be Premier League contenders, says Sarri

Chelsea are favourites to maintain their ideal start to the league season at Stamford Bridge against Neil Warnock's men, who are winless in their opening four games.

"It's up to him", Sarri told a news conference ahead of Saturday's home game against Cardiff City.

The other big selection question will be whether Pedro or Willian start against the Bluebirds - it would appear that the Spaniard will get the nod having come off the bench last time out against Bournemouth netting in a 2-0 win.

Sarri spent the September worldwide break in England, dividing his time between walking his dog Ciro around the large garden of his new house a short drive from Chelsea's training ground in Surrey - "Similar to my name", he joked - and studying video of his team's upcoming opponents.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is open to the idea of former captain John Terry joining the club's coaching staff. "It is just down to me working hard in training, I don't know whether I am going to play or not play but for me it stays the same, I still train well and do everything the right way in case I do play". But if he wants to help us, I'm really very happy.

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When asked about who are the contenders for the trophy this term, he said: "At the moment, I can answer City or Liverpool". He has won everything with the club, so it's up to him. I think [it is too soon], but I hope not!

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for the game with an injury, while Emerson and Davide Zappacosta are also unlikely to feature.

"I think it is very hard for me and every coach", Sarri told a media conference on Friday. It is something the 59-year-old is trying to do.

Sarri's smoking ban would be only temporary, "for one, two years, yes".

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