Sarri backs Loftus-Cheek to make Chelsea impact

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"For me, it's a pleasure to play in Europe". "I am not able to guarantee to him a spot at the moment, but if he wants to remain, I'm really very happy with him".

Maurizio Sarri believes Marcos Alonso is a "very good player" but can still work on his defensive attributes. "It's up to him".

Bournemouth is coming off a 2-2 draw against Everton, a result the Cherries earned thanks to a game-tying, 79th-minute goal from defender Nathan Aké, a Chelsea loanee.

The 22-year-old was considering leaving Stamford Bridge on loan this summer but chose to remain at the club to fight for a place in Sarri's midfield.

"The situation is the same as last week".

Junior Stanislas is the only Bournemouth player out after needing an operation on a serious knee injury, which he sustained against Watford in April. "It's a bit unusual but nothing serious, but the pain is still there, so for him now it's impossible to run on the pitch". "Yes, I was surprised", Sarri smiles.

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'I think so [he can push for a start]. "It's not a problem for him".

"He has great qualities from a physical point of view, and technical point of view".

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he will decide who to make the club's captain during the worldwide break.

Sarri likewise predicts Howe will have a big future in English football and expects a tough test on Saturday. He will be important for sure, starting in September when we will play every three days.

How much focus they'll put on the competition this season remains unclear, however, as his Napoli side famously played a weakened side in a knockout tie against RB Leipzig last season as their ultimately fruitless tilt at Serie A glory reached a vital stage.

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