Maurizio Sarri has said he has been warning his Chelsea players all week about the danger of dropping points after worldwide breaks as they prepare to resume their Premier League campaign at home to Cardiff City on Saturday. He has won everything with the club, so it's up to him. "It's what I really want to do".
Chelsea return to domestic action against Cardiff City on Saturday, and Sarri expects a tough game for his returning players.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has waxed lyrical over David Luiz - insisting the Brazilian has a "big future" at Stamford Bridge.
"I can answer City or Liverpool, at the moment", added Sarri on which sides are title contenders.
"I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think", he said.
"We need another step to be at the same level". I hope not. It's very hard.
"I think so. I hope not". The gap was 30 points at the beginning of the season.More news: Alli, Lloris out for game against Liverpool
"We need to improve".
Chelsea have carved a marvellous start to their life under the tutelage of their new manager Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea will also welcome back Cesc Fabregas who has been sidelined since the season started with an injury and Sarri is ecstatic that the former Arsenal midfielder will be fit enough to feature.
But the timing of the fixture makes a damaging setback more likely according to Sarri, who said that he encountered a similar problem during his time in charge of Napoli.
If Conte had remained at Stamford Bridge, it is unlikely that Luiz would still be at the club, but the 31-year-old is now one of the club's most important players again.
"I think it is very hard for me and every coach", Sarri told a media conference on Friday.