Eden Hazard has been the man linked with the Spanish heavyweights throughout a summer where he excelled for his country at the World Cup, but looking forward to Chelsea's monster clash with Arsenal, Sarri has spoke with confidence that Hazard will not be on the move to the Spanish capital, like his goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did last week.
Spain worldwide Marcos Alonso scored the victor from close range with 10 minutes to go after Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic had a big impact from the bench.
Speaking ahead of his first outing as Chelsea boss at Stamford Bridge, Sarri was quick to single out Kovacic for praise. "I am sure Eden will be with us for this season".
"In that hard period, we lost the distance between players". The best for technical skill, the best for scoring, but I think it depends only on him. In that 15 minutes, we were not able to do this, so we were in trouble. "We are talking about one of the most important players in Europe now but, in my opinion, he can improve more".
"The defensive phase of all the team, all players". I don't know, now, what can happen but my feeling is that we can be a very good team. "In the other moments if we are not able to press we are in trouble". So I think we have to work and we need to improve. We have to stay very compact and need to press on the other half.
'Nothing serious. I hope in the next week we will be able to have him training.
And the Chelsea boss does expect Arsenal to be a competitive side throughout the campaign.
Marcos Alonso's late strike proved decisive after Arsenal had fought back from two goals down, but Sarri tempered any talk of challenging for the championship by suggesting he still had plenty of work to do.
"It's clear. He is a great player, but I think that in this moment he is not able to play for 90 minutes, so I think that it was better for 25, 30 minutes when the intensity of the match is going down".