Maurizio Sarri has urged his Chelsea side to hit the ground running against Cardiff in order to ensure any lingering worldwide break hangover will not jeopardise the club's top four hopes this season.
Chelsea's flawless start to the season has led to suggestions they can challenge for the title after placing fifth last term, well adrift of champions Manchester City.
"I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think. He told me a lot of things, that he wants to play, so I'd have to speak to him again".
Asked which teams are in title contention, boss Maurizio Sarri said: "At the moment I can answer Man City or Liverpool, at the moment".
"Mentally the match after the (international) break it is very hard; materially because we will play against a very physical team", he said.
"It's very hard. The gap last season was 30 points so I think to go above 30 points in one season is very, very hard". I know I have two years of contract left but I hope to stay more years in the Premier League.
Maurizio Sarri has said he has been warning his Chelsea players all week about the danger of dropping points after global breaks as they prepare to resume their Premier League campaign at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.
Eden Hazard's hat-trick for Chelsea against Cardiff has seen him join an exclusive club alongside Blues legends Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
When and what time is the Premier League match between Chelsea vs Cardiff City?
"If we want to take the points, we will need a very good performance tomorrow".
"I have been doing it sometimes here, sometimes at my home".
"Sometimes 12 or 13 hours, but for me it's not work".