Maurizio Sarri is open to the prospect of John Terry joining his coaching staff at Chelsea but fears the club's former captain is intent upon playing for another season before he turns his attention to life in the dug-out.
Terry, 37, who left Aston Villa in the summer after one season with the Championship club, turned down an offer from Spartak Moscow this week for family reasons. If he wants to play for another season, I think it's right that he tried to play. For sure, he would be a point of reference for me.
"We need another step to be at the same level. Chelsea is his home, of course".
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"But it's a good pressure, and I think if you don't feel this pressure you stop being the type of player to play for Chelsea".
'However, if Man City slip even a little, I think Liverpool will punish them'.
"A lot of people they say a lot of things in the press, but I never said that I want to leave Chelsea, never". It's very hard to close a gap of 30 points at the beginning of the season.
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Already, Sarri has helped the West London side make a decent start to the new season with four wins out of four game, but will be looking forward to a record with another three points against Cardiff at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Cardiff City's Josh Murphy (hamstring) and Aron Gunnarsson (knee) are back in the squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Interestingly, Jose Mourinho's tutored Manchester United have suffered two defeats in their first four matches, while Tottenham with three wins out of four suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Watford before the first global break of the season.
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Last season, he was dropped to the bench by Mourinho for both legs of United's Champions League last-16 defeat by Sevilla. Players his age and with his form don't often hit the market, and Liverpool is just one name linked with his services.
Ahead of Chelsea's clash with Cardiff City on Saturday, manager Sarri said: 'My feeling is that we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase. "I've been trying to stress this number to my players [to avoid a drop-off in performance] and telling them my experience in this situation".