Chelsea press conference live: Maurizio Sarri on Fabregas injury, resting players & Cardiff City

Terry, a coach or player?
The coaching staff I think. I want to give space to the younger players. Fortunately we have strong young players, and I would like to give them a space.

Terry is a point of reference. This is his home. It is up to him. I am very open with him because of the history of the club. He has won everything with the club. It is up to him.

Who will be captain?
I have my idea, I have decided. But I would like to before I tell you to speak to the players, and face to face with the club. At the moment it is Azpilicueta and I will tell you the final one after I spoke to the players and the club.

Smoking, quit yet?
At the moment no, my father has told me for the last 20 years. Unfortunately for the moment I am not able to stop.

Watford have a fine of £100 per minute for late
I think it is too much. £100 for a minute, is too much. As I have said before, my players are professional.

Cardiff a direct team
I think tomorrow will be a very difficult game. Mentally after the break it is difficult. We play against a very physical team, if we want to gain points we need a very good performance tomorrow. It is very difficult for everyone to play.

It is very difficult materially, it is important to win every ball, to play and have good positions and distributions.

Where do you need to improve?
No we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase. We can improve and will improve.

Who can win the title?
At the moment I can answer City or Liverpool. We need another step I think to reach another level. I think so (this season is too soon), I hope now. The gap was 30 points so to cover 30 points is very difficult. I think we need to improve, but we can.

Away during the international break?
No I stayed here the whole time

International break
It is very difficult for me, for every coach. I think that FIFA has to change something for the national teams. With four or five international breaks it is very difficult for us. Maybe the best thing to do is to put the matches in the national teams at the end of the season.

Tempt Terry to join as a coach?
It is up to him. If he wants to play for another season, it is right he tries to play. If he wants to help us I am really very happy.

Abraham and Cardiff
I don’t know what to say. Tammy until two days wanted to stay here. Until the last day there was an offer from Villa and he decided suddenly to go there.

What does he have to do to get in?
In this first period for me it was very important not to change the defensive line. I hope in the future to have space for everyone. In the first period it is very difficult to change.

Ethan Ampadu playing for Wales
I am very, very happy for him. For me at the moment it is not easy to give space to everyone, I have 28 players. I hope in the future I will be able to give a space to him, Odoi and Loftus. They are very young and the future of the club.

John Terry, become a coach?
The last time I spoke with him he told me he wants to play for another season. I don’t know now the situation, but Chelsea is his home, of course.

Of course (I am open to the idea). Of course he would be a point of reference for me and everyone here. I don’t know (if there is a chance). He told me other things, he told me he wants to play. I have to speak to him.

Team news

The best news is Fabregas. He is now very well and training with the team. Now he only has to improve his physical condition. In a few days, a week he will be ready to play.

Yesterday there were some problems with fever for Emerson and Zappacosta and a little problem for Loftus-Cheek. I don’t know today the situation because I have to speak to the doctor. I don’t know if he can play.

I think at the moment Fabregas can be available for the bench. But I want to speak to him, because maybe it is better two days of training.

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