Chelsea in cruise control during victory over PAOK

Chelsea in cruise control during victory over PAOK

Chelsea in cruise control during victory over PAOK

He failed to score in the World Cup but his ability to hold play up helped bring the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe into the game.

Sarri believes a "mental problem" with their approach to matches has hampered Chelsea in recent weeks, culminating in last Saturday's comprehensive loss to rivals Tottenham, and the Italian was particularly satisfied to see a markedly different attitude against PAOK.

The youngster impressed in pre-season under Sarri and was handed a start in the Community Shield but hasn't featured in the Premier League yet this campaign.

The arrival of Jorginho as Maurizio Sarri's midfield fulcrum has limited Fabregas' Premier League opportunities to just three substitute appearances so far this season.

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Claudio Ranieri will be looking to come back to haunt former side Chelsea when Fulham visit Stamford Bridge in Sunday's Premier League clash.

"I haven't spoken to anyone", he said. At the same time, I can give more in other positions.

"He is a good player with a high quality, but I want more from him", Ranieri said. Sarri suggested this week N'Golo Kante is not the right sort of midfielder to play in front of his defence - Fabregas may be.

The former Juventus forward has struggled to hit the ground running since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri scoring just seven goals in all competitions.

However, three of the last meetings between this pair at Stamford Bridge have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 7/1 (8.00) available on this one also finishing up all square.

"It's always special (returning to Chelsea), " added Ranieri. He scored a lot of goals there, and I want the same again. "I ask him during training 'shoot at goal, shoot at goal" but he passes and he passes.

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