Michael Owen gives his prediction for Chelsea FC v West Ham

May JohnsonApr 12, 2019

Chelsea host West Ham on Monday evening knowing a victory could lift them up into third in the Premier League, though their rivals for the top four will have a game in hand.

The Italian confirmed that Abramovich tends to speak more with Gianfranco Zola, the assistant first-team coach, "who speaks better English". Ruben Loftus-Cheek faced injury fears after the game against Brighton, and it is possible that Maurizio Sarri could leave the player on the bench.

However, Chelsea could also secure Champions League qualification by winning the Europa League and they face Slavia Prague in the last eight. "In this moment of the season, they are fresh".

"I think that he has to improve physically (and) mentally". Then he had a lot of problems with his back, and so we had to wait for him. "But now they are fresh; they are ready".

Sarri also revealed he wants to keep striker Gonzalo Higuain at the club next season, even though the transfer ban may block the club turning his loan from Juventus into a permanent move.

Asked if Chelsea must win all their remaining matches to make the top four, Sarri replied: "No, because I think the last part of the season will be really very hard for every team". Chelsea have the option to buy the Argentine for 36m euros (£31.3m) or to extend his loan deal until June 2020 for 18m euros (£15.6m).

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When Sarri was asked whether he wanted to retain the Frenchman's services, he said: 'Yes, of course.

There were hopes the 29-year-old would be available before the end of the season, but Pellegrini has decided not to risk him during the run-in, instead giving him a full pre-season to get up to speed for next term.

"But I believe he will be able to do it".

And ex-Chelse and Barcelona striker Gudjohnsen is the latest to join in, saying Hudson-Odoi's impact on the team shows he is ready to become a first-team regular.

"We are lucky because we have Giroud and he is in a very good mental and physical condition", he added.

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