Chelsea Not Title Contenders this Season- Maurizio Sarri


They will be expected to make it five from five at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be on the bench after recovering from a knee injury.

Chelsea legend Terry was heavily linked with a move to Spartak Moscow, even undergoing a medical with the club.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Cardiff City, manager Sarri revealed that Terry told him he is looking to have one final season playing the game. I don't want to go there and not have a shot on target, but we've got to have players at their best abilities to give them a game'.

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

Chelsea's ideal start to the season has led to suggestions they can challenge for the title after placing fifth last term, well adrift of champions Manchester City. "My feeling is that we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase, we need to improve and we can, my feeling during the training is that this team can improve". "It will be a very hard game for everybody who plays Cardiff".

"We need another step, I think, to be the same level".

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Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta are major doubts for the game tomorrow after being struck down with a virus while Ruben Loftus-Cheek could also miss out after picking up a knock while away with England this week.

"I think that this season is too soon for Chelsea, but I hope not. Mentally after the (international) break it is hard", said the 59-year-old Italian.

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