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Chelsea vs Bournemouth – Sarri’s pre match conference

COBHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Chelsea Manager Maurizio Sarri at the Friday press conference at Chelsea Training Ground on August 31, 2018 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Sarri on injuries: “The situation is the same. Cesc is still out, actually he is working in water. We hope next week he will be able to work on the pitch. I am sure that the injury is not serious, but he has pain out of the knee.It is a bit strange but nothing serious, but the pain is still there. He is only able to run in water. “

Sarri on Loftus-Cheek: “I can say I am very happy with him, because in the last 10 days he has improved a lot, so I am happy with him. I think that he will be important for sure, in september we play every two days. He will be very important for us. “

Sarri on players leaving: “I don’t think we need anything. Out? I don’t know, I don’t. Maybe Tammy [Abraham], it is up to him. I am not able to guarantee to him a spot at the moment. If he wants to remain I am very happy with him.He is young as a striker, he can improve more. It is up to him.”

Sarri on being nominated manager of the month:”No reaction for the moment. I think there are four coaches for nomination, so they are 25 % of the nominations “

Sarri on Alonso: He is a very good player and can improve in the defensive phase. Of course (I have told him). He has physical qualities at the top level. I think that he can do more in the defensive phase. He is a good player in both but I think he can do more.”

Sarri : “It is not easy to play here. There are 25 very good players, it is not easy. But I think he will improve more and is ready to play.”

Sarri on winning all PL games: “I am very happy with nine points in three matches, but the table is not so important now. We have to work more and we can improve more. “

Sarri on Moses: “Because he changed the position in the pitch. Now we are trying to let him to play like a winger. So we changed the position and in the new position I think he needs to improve. “

Sarri on Eddie Howe and Bournemouth: “I think very well. Eddie came in very well, in the last season I went to Bournemouth for a friendly and stayed there for three days. I know him very well, he is a very interesting young coach and he will make a mark in English football.”

Sarri on speaking with Howe at Bournemouth and Empoli, how Howe said he learned from him: “He didn’t need it [to learn from me].

Sarri on Jorginho: “I think Jorginho is a very important player for us. I think in the first part of the season he has been useful for me, but also for his team-mate”

Sarri on EL draw: “I don’t want to talk about the Europa League, I haven’t had time to study the opponents, I am focused on tomorrow.”

Sarri on Cahill’s international retirement: “I don’t want to discuss about personal decisions. “

Sarri on Loftus-Cheek and Southgate wanting England players in the side: “He has to improve in order to play my football, he has great qualities. Physically and technically but he needs to improve tactically”

Sarri on why aren’t English players playing more?: “Because the English players were at the World Cup and it is normal that they don’t play in August “

Sarri on why aren’t English players playing in top teams?: “I answer to the same question in Italy, why it is difficult. It is normal, it is difficult to play here and Juventus, there are 27 or 28 to teams”

Sarri on Kante in his new role : “He is a great midfielder, he can play in any position from my midfield. I was surprised about the technical qualities from Kante. “

Sarri on armband :“Nothing decided at the moment, I want to decide during the international break for the final one,”

Sarri on Europa League :“I want to win everything, if I can,” “I want to win everything. For me, it’s a pleasure to play in Europe. It’s a pleasure to play in the Europa League. It’s one of our targets.”

Sarri on Howe:”When I was 40 [Howe’s age] I was with a non-professional team [Tegoleto] in Italy’s Serie D. I’m not surprised that Eddie has got to where he has because he’s very clever and very intelligent.

Sarri: “I think he is ready. He is 40, but he is ready. Probably, when I was 40, I wasn’t ready.”

Bournemouth could present a stern challenge to Chelsea’s 100 per cent record – especially in light of their 3-0 win in west London last season. Sarri :”I didn’t see the match, so I don’t know,”

Sarri:”But, as I said before, they are a dangerous team. In the defensive phase, they are very organised. If they have the possibility to have space, they are very dangerous on the counter-attack. “They attack the space very well in the right time, so they are very dangerous.

Sarri : If you don’t play very well, with a high level of attention, it’s easy to lose games against them.”

Credits: Chelsea(@ouggi)

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