Chelsea Not Title Contenders this Season- Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri

"The odds on a return to Stamford Bridge for John Terry have collapsed in the last 24 hours and although it still looks more likely that the former England defender will sign for a Championship club, many punters are backing him to re-join Chelsea", said Coral's John Hill.

Getting the 18-year-old game time at Chelsea is not as easy for Sarri, but he remains a player the Blues boss is keen to utilise at some stage of the season.

Sarri established a reputation in Italy as a pure coach who is obsessed with thinking about football and preparing meticulously for his opponents, but the vibe he gives off is not as intense as the one that surrounded Antonio Conte during his two years at Cobham.

"I have my dog here with a very big garden, so the dog is very happy".

When asked about who are the contenders for the trophy this term, he said: "At the moment, I can answer City or Liverpool. [But] in this first period, for me, it was very important not to change, especially the defensive line".

Chelsea on the other hand look as if they have plenty of goals in them and host the Bluebirds on Saturday with all but full strength first team - with Cesc Fabregas the only injury doubt.

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Building from this point will not be easy, though, particularly when European commitments are added to a hectic schedule . What do we do? "He came from another league playing in a completely different system to us and that takes time ".

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Maurizio Sarri has dismissed Chelsea's chances of winning the title this season and believes it will be a straight fight between Manchester City and Liverpool.

"Mentally the match after the break is always very hard. Then I'd like to start again". "I am not able to think about this as a job, like work".

"They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism".

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

"Against a physical and aggressive team it will be a hard test for us".

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