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Maurizio Sarri has offered an open invitation for John Terry to join his coaching staff but said the former Chelsea and England captain had told him his intention was to play for at least one more year.

The 31-year-old moved to Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, two years after Chelsea's historic triumph in Munich, and returned two years later to lift his first ever Premier League title during Conte's first season in charge at Stamford Bridge. "He told me a lot of things, that he wants to play, so I'd have to speak to him again".

"It's very hard. The gap last season was 30 points so I think to go above 30 points in one season is very, very hard".

"Here is John Terry's home, he would be very important for everyone here".

In his pre-match press conference, Sarri had stated that the league title might be out of grasp of his side this season and he reiterated those thoughts in the post-match presser as well.

They will be expected to make it five from five at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be on the bench after recovering from a knee injury.

"I've been trying to stress this number to my players (to avoid a drop-off in performance) and telling them my experience in this situation".

Maurizio Sarri has claimed he does not see Chelsea challenging for the Premier League title in his debut season in charge, adding that Manchester City and Liverpool are now the main title contenders.

"No, I can not change my mind for one match,"the Italian responded whether he thought he had changed his mind over his side's chances".

"We need another step I think to be at the same level".

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 51 home Premier League games against newly-promoted opposition (W42 D8 L1), with that defeat coming against Bournemouth in December 2015.

"We are not as solid as I want in the defensive phase". But if he wants to help us, I'm really very happy. For everybody here, I think.


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