Makelele admits he misses Chelsea

   Luiz has found himself back in the Chelsea first-team under Sarri

GETTY Luiz has found himself back in the Chelsea first-team under Sarri

Michael Owen has praised Maurizio Sarri for the strong impact he has had at Chelsea FC since taking over this summer.

And the Italian gaffer has chose to swap skippers, with defender Gary Cahill no longer a sure-fire starter at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri went on to say whilst he is certainly hoping to be proven wrong, he thinks the likelihood of his side closing the gap on City is highly unlikely and that his aim is simply to improve his side, rather than chase the title.

"I have my idea, I have decided, but before telling you my decision I would like to speak to the players and the club", Sarri said.

While dethroning champions Manchester City might be a tough ask, Makelele - a two-time Premier League victor with the Blues - is expecting big things from Sarri.

Klopp's Reds are seen by many as the main challengers to City and Gotze - who had four years with the Liverpool boss at Borussia Dortmund before joining Guardiola at Bayern Munich - believes it will be a close battle.

"In this moment it's not possible so for the moment the captain is Azpilicueta".

"The last time I have spoken with him, he told me that he wants to play for another season".

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Sarri made it clear upon his arrival at Chelsea that a new captain would be elected to replace Cahill.

However, the former Napoli manager Sarri is not entertaining the thought of Terry's return in a playing capacity.

Sarri has opened the door to the former England skipper joining his backroom team at Chelsea. I think this season is too soon, but I hope not.

"That was about a week ago".

"I don't know now the situation, but Chelsea is his home, of course".

"I don't know if there is a chance; he told me he wants to play". Because, as I said before, I want to give space to the young players.

"I am very happy to be here five years".

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