Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Makelele admits he misses Chelsea

Makelele admits he misses Chelsea

Since Sarri took over the charges from Antonio Conte, Chelsea have started to play possession-based football.

That's according to former Blues midfielder Claude Makelele, who says that he is confident the former Napoli manager will be a success.

Sarri's positive outlook - and not just in terms of his coaching - have helped to rejuvenate the Blues career of a player who was so pivotal in the title triumph of 2016-17.

Maurizio Sarri believes challenging for the Premier League remains a step too far for Chelsea despite their 100 per cent record in the opening weeks of the 2018-19 season.

The 31-year-old has been forced to watch Chelsea's impressive start to the campaign from the sidelines after aggravating a knee problem in their 2-0 Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.

'I know I have two years of contract left but I hope to stay more years in the Premier League'.

Maybe the most pleasing aspect of his short reign though is hanging on to star man Eden Hazard after constant speculation over a move to Real Madrid.

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.

"I never went onto the pitch in a Chelsea shirt thinking, we're going to lose today".

The 31-year old defender, who is in his second spell with the London club, has bounced back and featured in all the four opening matches as Chelsea maintained their flawless start to the new season under the Italian.

Fabregas could find it hard to force his way into the side with N'Golo Kante and Jorginho also for competition yet he is confident that his style of play will suit Sarri's philosophy.

"These kinds of players give a different story about Chelsea than the way we knew Chelsea before".

"Always I say that I want to stay at Chelsea as long as possible, and I am happy to stay here".

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