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Wary Sarri knows that Parker's pumped-up Fulham pose problems


Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri


Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri is aware of new manager bounce and is wary of tomorrow's opponents Fulham after Claudio Ranieri's sacking.

Sarri's future was in jeopardy after Sunday's Carabao Cup final shootout loss to Manchester City - particularly after goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's refusal to be subbed off.

But Wednesday's 2-0 defeat of Tottenham proved a fillip for Sarri (pictured).

Former Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker will be in caretaker charge of Fulham at Craven Cottage and Sarri anticipates a response.

Asked about Ranieri's departure, Sarri said: "I'm really very sorry. But I know very well his character, so I know very well that we will see him very soon, on another bench.

"Usually when there is change of the coach there is a reaction. And so we have to face also the reaction.

"It's very difficult for us to prepare the match, because we don't know the new system, the new ideas. It's a very difficult match."

Sarri is yet to decide whether to restore Spaniard Kepa, 24, in goal, after dropping him for the Spurs win. Willy Caballero started instead and will share goalkeeping duties with Kepa in the next two games. Chelsea play Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last-16 first leg on Thursday.

Sarri added: "The Kepa situation now is closed. Kepa is our first choice goalkeeper.

"But we are very happy for Willy, because now we know very well he's able to play also in a very difficult match.

"I'm sure in one of the two next matches Kepa will be on the pitch."

Sarri has no injuries to consider, but expects to rotate his options after a challenging week.

He added: "I think we need to change three or four players, I don't know how many precisely.''