Predicted Chelsea line-up against Cardiff: Sarri to rotate strikers?

David Luiz

Maurizio Sarri will be preparing his team to face a tricky and robust Cardiff City side this weekend, as Chelsea prepare to welcome the Premier League new boys.

Sarri believes the 37-year-old still wants to play for another season but insists he will always be welcome at his "home" back at Chelsea in a coaching capacity. "I think his philosophy to live life is already great because he wants to enjoy every day, he wants to be happy and he wanted to take this opportunity to start one more chapter in his life", Luiz told the club's official website. I'm open to the idea of course. Claiming that defender Sol Bamba is better than Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk was a bold proclamation, particularly given that Warnock has seen his side concede six goals in their last two outings.

"I don't know the situation, I have to speak to the doctor, I don't know if he will be able to play".

The former Napoli coach has won all four Premier League matches since being hired by Chelsea.

Asked about the prospect of Terry returning, Sarri added: "He told me he wants to play".

"I think it is very hard for me and every coach", Sarri told a media conference on Friday.

"Mentally the match after the break is always very hard". "I think in one week he will be ready to play".

"I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think", he said. So he will be very important for everybody here. "My feeling during training is that this team can improve".

"Yesterday [Thursday] there were problems with fever for Emerson [Palmieri] and [Davide] Zappacosta, and a little problem after the match with the national team for Loftus-Cheek".

Cesar Azpilicueta will again lead out Chelsea against Cardiff despite the fact that Sarri has not decided on his permanent captain, as the Italian wants to discuss his choice with the players and the club before making his appointment public.

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