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Chelsea return to Premier League action this weekend after the international break, and the Blues will have a tricky tie away at Cardiff City on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri’s side lost their last league game away from home against Everton, losing 2-0 in that match despite a brilliant start to the game, and the Blues have only gotten a point from six in their last two games.

Chelsea’s away form has been a cause for concern, and Sarri is hoping for a reaction on Sunday, and he revealed he’s also expecting a difficult game against Cardiff.

The Chelsea manager said: “Unfortunately we have to wait to see the reaction during the match. We are working well in training, but the reaction in the match is the only important thing.

“It will be very difficult because they are physical, dangerous in the opposition box and from set-pieces, so we have to defend very high, otherwise it will be a problem for us.”

Chelsea are in a tough battle to gain a top four place finish at the end of the season, and Sarri’s side lost the opportunity to even climb as high as third when they only got a point against Wolves and losing to Everton – a win in those two games would have taken Chelsea to third, but the Blues are now sixth on the table, three points behind Arsenal, with a poor goal difference as well.

Sarri still has hopes of a top four finish, but believes his side must take it step by step.

Sarri said: “The last period of the Premier League will be very hard for every team. I think we can reach the top four even if we are not able to win eight matches in a row.

“We need to think match by match. The best way is to be focused on the next match.”

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