Chelsea must remain focused after worldwide break - Maurizio Sarri

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Chelsea defender David Luiz talks up manager Maurizio Sarri's footballing philosophy and insists that he is enjoying playing under the Italian.

Sarri has made a superb start to life in the Premier League, with Chelsea claiming four wins from four, however their momentum was halted by the first global break of the season.

"We have to play seven matches in 23 days, so I had to work", he said. "Mentally after the (international) break it is hard", said the 59-year-old Italian.

Fabregas is likely to only be fit for a place on the bench, though, and could replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who picked up an injury on worldwide duty with England.

"If he wants to play for another season, it's right he tries to play".

His likely line up will be similar to the one that faced Bournemouth ahead of the worldwide break, but Sarri faces the challenge of two games a week coming into play in September.

Despite doubts over his importance heading into the season, Pedro has started on fire.

But that hasn't deterred the Bluebirds boss in his attempts to sign a Chelsea youngster on loan this season.


Josh Murphy has a hamsrtring strain that will be assessed on the day, whilst Aron Gunnarson is still nursing a knee problem and unlikely to be risked.

The Italian who is looking to win his fifth consecutive game in the Premier League since he took over from Antonio Conte said, "Tomorrow will be a very hard game".

Emerson Palmieri was an exciting, albeit under-the-radar acquisition for Chelsea last season.

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 51 home Premier League games against newly promoted opposition (W42 D8 L1), with that defeat coming against Bournemouth in December 2015.

"Indeed, Chelsea have attempted and completed more passes than any other side in the Premier League so far this season".

Alvaro Morata is likely to once again get the nod in spearheading the Chelsea attack, despite Olivier Giroud netting a victor for world champions France in their recent worldwide against the Netherlands.

The 32-year-old has made 165 Premier League appearances for Arsenal since joining from Málaga in 2013.

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