Chelsea vs Cardiff - Preview and Possible lineups

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"It's very hard. The gap last season was 30 points (between fifth-place Chelsea's 70 and City's 100) so to go above 30 points in one season is very, very hard".

'He doesn't look out of place and what I like about him is that he is so confident.

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.

"I think Chelsea changed a lot", Makelele told reporters. Depending on that, the away side can take some confidence to secure at least a single point at Stamford Bridge.

He spoke to Chelsea in the summer and asked to be kept in contact over Abraham, but the England striker instead moved to Villa on loan for the rest of the season.

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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.

At the moment, only Liverpool and Watford have achieved a 100% record, even Machester City dropped points at Wolves.

Sarri's single-minded focus means he has not yet explored London - Conte would often explore the restaurants and sights of the surrounding area with his family - but he said he has settled easily into his new environment.

'In a few days, one week, he will be ready to play. "We need another step to be at the same level", said the Blues head coach. "Mentally after the break it is hard", he said. "My feeling is that we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase, we need to improve and we can, my feeling during the training is that this team can improve".

"I hope in the future I will be able to give him space, to give space to [Callum Hudson] Odoi and [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek". HEAD TO HEAD:Chelsea and Cardiff have played on 23 occasions, both teams have won each match matches against each other and seven ended in a draw.

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