Claude Makelele makes bold Maurizio Sarri prediction

Claude Makelele makes bold Maurizio Sarri prediction

I want to speak to him.

"I think Chelsea changed a lot", Makelele told reporters.

"Always I say that I want to stay at Chelsea as long as possible, and I am happy to stay here".

Sarri, 59, has since overseen a flawless start to his tenure with the Blues, winning all four Premier League matches so far.

Ousted captain Cahill was in the role on a permanent basis for a year after Chelsea legend John Terry left the club.

"Of course (I'm open to having him)". CARDIFF:Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Josh Murphy and Aron Gunnarsson will miss the clash against Chelsea due to a knee injury at the Stamford Bridge and Josh Murphy is out due to a hamstring injury.

"I think he is ready to play in the Premier League, as I thought Tammy was".

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All of Chelsea's other first-team players have returned back from the global break unscathed, although they will need to be assessed for fatigue by Sarri. At the moment Fabregas is able to be on the bench.

"We play against a very physical team, if we want to gain points we need a very good performance".

Surmising that the decision is Terry's alone tonight, Sarri highlighted his own awareness of what the Chelsea defender of nearly two decades means to the club, and how happy he would be to welcome him 'home'. The Blues' defender is in strong contention to feature against Cardiff City and display contentment over regular playing time. That makes it hard to see beyond another comfortable victory for Sarri and Chelsea, something they're already getting used to.

Chelsea have recorded the most successful passes so far this season, ahead of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and top-of-the table Liverpool.

"We need another step to be at the same level".

But Sarri does not see his side battling for the title at the end of the season, instead thinking Liverpool and City will be the two teams vying for silverware. My feeling is that now we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase.