Chelsea must remain focused after global break - Maurizio Sarri

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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.

As reported by Chelsea's official website, Luiz said: "First of all he's a great person, great as a human".

Chelsea's team manager Maurizio Sarri gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Maurizio Sarri has said he has been warning his Chelsea players all week about the danger of dropping points after global breaks as they prepare to resume their Premier League campaign at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.

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"The last time I spoke with him he told me he wants to play for another season".

"If he wants to help us I am really very happy". He has won everything with the club so it is up to him. "[But] in this first period, for me, it was very important not to change, especially the defensive line". Sarri made it clear he had no interest in signing 37-year-old as a player because it would limit the opportunities for young central defenders such as Ethan Ampadu.

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has claimed that Maurizio Sarri's attitude towards life is the reason why the Italian is enjoying his time on and off the pitch.

"For sure he will be a point of reference for me, for everybody here".

"For me, it's a pleasure", Sarri said when asked if his days are long.

The Italian added: "I think tomorrow will be a very hard game because, mentally, the match after the break is always very hard".

Chelsea will also welcome back Cesc Fabregas who has been sidelined since the season started with an injury and Sarri is ecstatic that the former Arsenal midfielder will be fit enough to feature.

"It's a hard game for everybody, against Cardiff", Sarri added. "We will play against a very physical team, so I think it we want to get points, we need a very good performance".