Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud demands game time from Maurizio Sarri

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So, for the opponents, it was really a very hard situation. "He is improving in the last month", said the ex-Napoli boss.

The Italians are now second in Serie A to Juventus and have already shown their pedigree this season by beating Liverpool and drawing twice against Paris Saint-Germain in this season's Champions League group stages.

'Now we need to start in the offensive phase to play every match with the same ideas.

"So, for me, it will be very hard to play against them in Naples".

'At the moment, we are not able to do this because, sometimes, we are without movement without the ball.

Chelsea cruised into the last eight with an 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev, after which Sarri expressed his preference to avoid Napoli in Friday's draw.

The striker has found himself on the fringes of the Blues' first team in the Premier League since the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain on loan in January, but Sarri told reporters after the game he remains an important figure in his plans.

The Blues will make the long trip to Merseyside in pursuit of three points to reduce the gap on their top-four rivals.

Just over the half-hour mark, the Chelsea midfielder embarked on what is quickly turning out to be a trademark run, riding off the challenge from a Dynamo player to start a move which led to Giroud's and the west London side's second goal.

'In my opinion, Everton, outside the top six, are the best team in the Premier League in terms of technical quality, ' said Sarri.

"[The draw against Arsenal is] a hard but very fascinating challenge for us, for the club and for our fans", Ancelotti said.

Sarri is unsure what kind of reception the 25-year-old will receive but hopes he is not verbally abused by home supporters.

"I thought he was terrific", Walker said.

"But I think it's about seeing each one as it comes and going through each round".

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