‘Play me or let me go’ - Chelsea star insists

Denis Odoi Fulham Premier League 2018-19

Chelsea will be able to call upon Eden Hazard as the Belgian worldwide is expected to shake-off a minor knock to start in attack but Victor Moses misses out with a back injury.

Sarri has recently stated he has been a student of his compatriot, with the current Blues head coach recently revealing that in the 1990s, he had gone on to visit Ranieri who was then at Fiorentina, and that he has studied the former Leicester manager's tactics from 20 years ago.

Despite losing only their first game of the season last weekend, there has been a lot of hysteria around Chelsea this week.

He said, as reported by Chelsea's official website.: "First of all we approached the match very well, so I am very happy with this. I don't remember very well, but I don't think he can remember this meeting", said Sarri.

Two decades later, Sarri has returned the favour, welcoming Ranieri before taking the managerial position at Fulham.

His only experience of English football's top division came during the final months of Antonio Conte's reign: a 25-minute cameo against Bournemouth and brief two minutes at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi still needs to prove Premier League credentials
The Italian manager said Hudson-Odoi played well but was aided by the fact PAOK were reduced to ten men after just seven minutes. The Blues have already qualified for the knockout rounds, after winning their first four fixtures.

"I went to speak to him when he was the coach of Fiorentina, 20 years ago, maybe. He wanted to speak with me, with Gianfranco (Zola)".

"They usually defend very well, sometimes low, but very well".

Claudio Ranieri, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, was named as his replacement.

Hudson-Odoi, prolific in the youth set-up and impressive in pre-season, made his first start of the campaign in Thursday's Europa League thrashing of Paok Salonika and scored his first senior goal in the 4-0 win.

Fulham, meanwhile, sit last in the league with just eight points through 13 games.

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri got a very good, and very important, win over Southampton last week - but this is a much tougher assignment.

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