Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri struggling to give up smoking

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The Italian who is looking to win his fifth consecutive game in the Premier League since he took over from Antonio Conte said, "Tomorrow will be a very hard game".

He wasn't kept in the loop by the Blues, and Abraham went on to join Championship club Aston Villa while Cardiff were left waiting. Apart from that, the Spanish forward Alvaro Morata is also expected to be left out of the squad due to off form and former Arsenal man Olivier Giroud can replace following his good performance in the worldwide break for his country.

"Like Tammy Abraham, that was out this week. It's very hard. The gap last season was 30 points (between fifth-place Chelsea's 70 and City's 100) so to go above 30 points in one season is very, very hard".

"Managers now, you have such a short time span in your job, you don't worry about kids".

Ampadu turns 18 today and he is coming off the back of an global break with Wales in which he shone once again. Also, the switch to a 4-3-3 from Conte's 3-4-3 has been highly successful. "I watched a few games and he seemed always good to me".

Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that he has decided who will replace Gary Cahill as Chelsea captain, but opted against revealing who it will be during his pre-Cardiff City press conference. He will have to quicken up a little bit when he gets higher up because he will get caught.

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'When you play with the type of players he has to play with it does help for his education'.

The 30-year-old's hopes of securing a new two-year deal are, however, complicated by Chelsea's policy of usually only offering one-year contracts to players who are 30 or over. I was told I'd be kept in touch and unfortunately I wasn't, ' he said.

'So I think the next logical thing is if you are not going to play him then give him games on loan.

"Chelsea's a big club with the opportunity to fight every year for titles and there is also pressure to get results quickly", he said.

'I don't know today the situation because I have to speak with the doctor.

The Italian's father has been urging him to give up cigarettes for 20 years but it's proving hard.

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