"I want to speak to him before I answer these questions", he said when asked if Willian had returned to training on Wednesday.
Maurizio Sarri expects David Luiz to have an integral role at Chelsea this season. "I spoke about positions but no specifics - no names - so I don't know". The two managers are close, despite the Jorginho incident - "I will try to explain the situation to him on Sunday", Sarri said - and they clearly share the same ideals about how football should be played. It is a very hard match. The table of the last Premier League told me City had 100 points, and Chelsea had 70 points. "He's a guy who will be a football player for a long, long time". It is peculiar, though, that City have been turned down by their primary targets in two consecutive transfer windows.
Despite some encouraging moments towards the end of the first half, Chelsea performed in disjointed fashion at Wembley and were fortunate not to concede more goals than one in each half to Sergio Aguero. Napoli was riding high in Serie A last season when it lost a pair of pulsating Champions League encounters against City - 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium before going down 4-2 at Stadio San Paolo. Not just me, but all the players.
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"We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics [would be a good fit]". It depends especially on him, I think.
Since being appointed as Antonio Conte's successor at Stamford Bridge this summer, Sarri has yet to work with Courtois and five other players given extended breaks after the World Cup, including Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kanté.
Courtois has entered the final year of his deal at the Stamford Bridge and has intimated that he will walk away for free next summer if he's not allowed to join Real Madrid.