Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is delighted to have all his players back to the club after their World Cup break and work with them.
Chelsea ended their pre-season with a 5-4 win over French club Lyon on Tuesday night at the Stamford Bridge on a penalty after the game ended goalless.
Gary Cahill, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi all returned to training on Tuesday and all apart from the Batshuayi played some part against Lyon as Hazard scored the winning spot-kick for the Blues.
Sarri while speaking in a post-match conference said he was delighted to watch some of the players feature in the game even for few minutes and now ready to prepare them ahead of their league opener against Huddersfield on Saturday.
He said, “They arrived yesterday or the day before so it was only because I think it’s better to play 25 minutes than to have a session alone with a physical coach.
“They have to work, obviously. I’m very happy and at last, I can work with all my players for the first time on Wednesday. We have only three days to prepare for the next match and it will be very important for us.
“I think we have to work, but we started to work together two days ago. Potentially, in two or three months, we can become a very good team.’
The Italian quelled any transfer speculations surrounding Hazard and is confident the Belgian skipper will remain with the club this season.
“I don’t see this problem at this moment. I’ve spoken with Eden two or three times in the last two days. We’ve spoken about everything. This Hazard problem is not present.
He, however, refused to speak further on Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real Madrid and the signing of Athletico Bilbao’s goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga who is rumoured to replace Courtois should he move to Spain.
He said, ‘I think I’m here just to talk about the match and the first question was about Courtois. I don’t know at this moment, I want to speak with my club and then all together we will decide. If I don’t know anything about Courtois I don’t know anything about Kepa.
‘Tomorrow I will have a very busy day but I don’t know anything about the market. We have to work in the morning and I have meetings with the other coaches in the afternoon so I don’t have time for the market.’