Chelsea may trigger extension in Olivier Giroud contract, says Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea may trigger extension in Olivier Giroud contract, says Maurizio Sarri

Javier Howell
April 12, 2019

Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea can afford to drop points and still secure a top-four Premier League finish. A win at Stamford Bridge will move the Blues into the top four at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur, who are not in action this weekend, or Arsenal should they fail to win at Everton on Sunday.

Manuel Pellegrini's side have lost five of their last six on their travels and haven't won away from home in the league since a 2-1 victory over Southampton in December.

"At their best they can compete with the best teams, they can beat anyone". Loftus-Cheek also scored in that game with a fine long-range effort.

Willian could also make a comeback in the game, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is expected to make a substitute appearance in the game against West Ham United.

Suarez went on to become of the league's most formidable striker, and almost led Liverpool to a Premier League title in 2013/14.

Clarifying that Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola communicates with Abramovich more frequently than he does because of his superior command of English, Sarri added: "He is the owner, and so he is able to influence the technical staff, the club, the players, everything I think. He must be calm and wait for next season working hard, and we will see the player that we brought because he is a very good player".

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"They are improving. In this moment of the season, they are fresh".

"It'll be a very important run-in from now until the end of the season, because they would love to be in the Champions League next year. But now they are fresh; they are ready".

Asked if he wants to sign Higuain past this season, Sarri said: "Yes of course, but it depends on the club, it depends on Juventus. I am confident in my players", he said.

"He has to improve physically and mentally and also that he will be useful for us in the last part of the season", Sarri said.

And ex-Chelse and Barcelona striker Gudjohnsen is the latest to join in, saying Hudson-Odoi's impact on the team shows he is ready to become a first-team regular.