Maurizio Sarri: 'Liverpool are a step ahead of Chelsea'

24 September, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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"We have started to work together 40 days ago, less 10 days for the global break, so for us it is a bit early". Less if you include the global breaks. "West Ham is a good team", Sarri said after the game.

'We have to work and then, maybe, in one year we will be at the same level as Liverpool'.

Cesar Azpilicueta, a two-time Premier League victor with Chelsea, said they must try to challenge for the title this season. "It is true that in the last four years, we haven't done it well in the season after winning [the Premier League] title".

The gruelling Thursday-to-Sunday turnaround that comes with playing in the Europa League might already be taking its toll on Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri believes Liverpool are a "step ahead" of Chelsea as they have had more time to gel as a team under Jurgen Klopp. "I hope to qualify before the last match of the group, but maybe six or seven players need to rest in the future". In this period, it's not a big problem.

So, what now, then, with Chelsea, who have enjoyed a flawless start under Maurizio Sarri, coming to town? So I don't know.

Despite spending much of the first half under pressure, West Ham actually crafted the better chances, but Michail Antonio - starting in place of the injured Marko Arnautovic - squandered two presentable opportunities. It's impossible to win every match. "So it's OK, one point, for today".

Hazard nearly teed up Morata with a flick inside the penalty area, and within seconds the striker was in on goal again only to be denied by another excellent Fabianski save. The Belgian failed to carry a consistent goal threat in his first match since being publicly challenged by Sarri to break the 40-goal barrier this season.

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"I want to speak with the doctor", Sarri added.

Asked if his star player had done so against West Ham, the Italian said: "Not in the first half".

Sarri said: "Hazard? He was better in the second half". Today it was a very hard match for the wingers and strikers.

"So for us I think it's a bit early". The second we maybe lost too many balls.

Defender Antonio Rudiger limped off midway through the second half, but Sarri insists there was no long-term damage to the German.

Next up for Chelsea FC is their trip to Liverpool FC for their third-round League Cup tie against the Reds.

I see Declan working every day and I know the way he does it.

Hazard, who had appealed in vain for a free kick on the edge of the box moments earlier, was crowded out as Chelsea tried to get back on the front foot before play switched back to the other end and Zabaleta's cross was too deep for Antonio.

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