Maurizio Sarri: 'Eden Hazard has asked for late return to Chelsea duty'


"We made it clear from the day I arrived we want him, but deals are deals, agents are agents and players are players". Antonio was, Maurizio will be too.

The squad will be nearly identical to the one that smashed all sorts of Premier League records last season and they're understandablyodds-on shots to be the first to retain the Premier League title in ten years but a disrupted start to their 2018/19 campaign is a distinct possibility.

"We can not deny there are more contenders, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, they have excellent players".

"I've said before that I want players who want to come here".

Raheem Sterling has been assured that his contract stand-off with Manchester City will not harm his first-team chances - despite the arrival of Riyad Mahrez.

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Willian was due to return to Chelsea earlier than Wednesday, but the delay is caused due to him failing to renew his passport.

The Chelsea boss even indicated the same in his pre-match press conference, hinting towards picking the same lineup that started against Arsenal in the Blues' last pre-season game.

"I don't like the feeling to lose games, it's not good for any manager around the world".

"The way we play is we attack forward, we defend high, we try to get the ball from them and then play our football".

Cesc Fabregas's ability to control the tempo of the game and take responsibility in the middle of the field sees him edge out his younger rivals. Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture.

A cagey, laboured pre-season affair to be decided on penalties.

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Luiz was signed for £10m from Vasco Da Gama 12 months ago and spent last season on loan at Spanish side Girona. The match is often regarded as the curtain raiser for the English Premier League season.

"I want to win, because it's very important to have a trophy immediately".

The Italian took over from compatriot Antonio Conte last month after almost wrestling the Serie A title from Juventus with old club Napoli last season. Over 180 young people who participate in Club disability sports sessions, funded by the Premier League and BT, attended the event at Manchester City's Etihad Campus.

"Yes, we were close but in the end Jorginho chose to stay with Maurizio", said Guardiola, who has welcomed all of his FIFA World Cup stars back to training, with the exception of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

Sarri said he was confident that Brazil playmaker Willian would remain at the club but was less sure over the future of Courtois.

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