Chelsea will play our first match following the season’s last international break, with the Blues going away to Cardiff City for an important Premier League fixture which Chelsea just have to win.
It’s make or mar for Maurizio Sarri’s side, and the Blues must go on a winning streak if they want to get back into the top four and book a place in next season’s Champions League.
Maurizio Sarri has now admitted that he wasn’t able to rest during the break despite Chelsea not having a game, instead using the extra time to focus on our upcoming fixtures.
Sarri revealed that he focuses on Chelsea’s upcoming opposing teams, as well as the previous games the team has played.
“I don’t switch off, even if I try,” he said. “I worked also during the break, I watched our last five or six matches, I saw our future opponents, so I try to work in the same way.
“My feeling is the same when there is a match, when there is a training, for me everything is really very important, so I want to stay at the same level with my mind for 11 months.”
One man who caught the eye during the international break was Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, who made his England debut and also got his first start for the Three Lions during the just concluded international games. However, Sarri revealed that he was too busy to watch the youngster, and rather spent only 20 minutes on the 18-year-old, revealing that he had other games to watch.
Asked if he watched Hudson-Odoi in action for England, Sarri said: “No, only 20 minutes because I had 14 players in the national teams and had no time to watch 20 matches.
“I saw the England national team for only 20 or 25 minutes. Callum didn’t start very well in the first 20 minutes on the right. He did very well on the left immediately.
“I know him very well, and I know very well he prefers to play on the left.”