PAUL MERSON REVEALS WHY WOLVES GAME WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR CHELSEA

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Chelsea’s recent form must have pleased Blues boss Maurizio Sarri as the Blues have won their last three games since the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City which Chelsea lost only on penalties.

Chelsea’s next game is a home tie against Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and a win for Chelsea will boost the club’s top four chances.

Wolves defeated Chelsea 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium last year, and Paul Merson is backing the Blues to win this one 2-1 but believes it’ll be an interesting tie as Wolves are more rested for this clash.

“It’ll be an interesting game,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Chelsea will have played in the Europa League and compare that to Wolves, who will have had a week’s break.

“Chelsea need to win this for the top four, but if you’re not getting in there, you have to make sure you’ve got a nice buffer for the Europa League places and they need to keep in both at the moment.”

Speaking ahead of the game against Wolves, Sarri has urged his team to maintain a good level of concentration, with the defeat to Wolves at the Molineux still fresh in his mind.

“I remember very well that after Wolves scored to make it 1-1 we stopped playing,” Sarri said.

“We went into trouble and started again only in the last 10 matches. I will study very well that match because we need to arrive to this match with the right level of preparation and the right level of mentality.

“If you stop playing you can lose against any team. If you stop playing against Manchester City you can lose 6-0. Unfortunately in Wolverhampton we stopped after 50, 55 minutes for 20 minutes. It was enough to lose the game.

“When I speak about us needing to improve our mentality and our consistency, I am speaking about these problems.”

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