Sarri Concedes Chelsea Not Title Contenders This Season

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Sarri Concedes Chelsea Not Title Contenders This Season

"So, I believe in this philosophy, and then after that he is a great coach".

Added to those formidable historical statistics are some impressive current ones, Sarri's men completing more passes (2677) than any other side in the division, a number that represents just how the new boss is asking them to play.

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has predicted that Liverpool and Manchester City are the clubs in contention to win this season's Premier League title.

The Blues have won all of their first four games in the Premier League and there is no denying that Sarri's tactics have been a refreshing change for the players.

The Italian who is looking to win his fifth consecutive game in the Premier League since he took over from Antonio Conte said, "Tomorrow will be a very hard game".

We've tried to predict the XI that could start against Cardiff. "But the average after the worldwide break was only 1.31 or 1.32".

The Italian added: "I think tomorrow will be a very hard game because, mentally, the match after the break is always very hard".

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has already produced some top class performances for the Bluebirds this season, including a last minute penalty save to clinch a point against Newcastle United. "For the moment, the captain is Azpilicueta, I will tell you the final decision after I talk with the players and club". "My feeling during training is that this team can improve".

"We have to play seven matches in 23 days, so I had to work", he said.

'I see Ethan as not dissimilar to Ray Wilkins.

Sarri says he could try to stop smoking for "one, two years.no more". I think so, but I hope not.

Asked if that attitude is born out of the fact that he worked outside of football in the world of banking until the age of 40, Sarri replied with a smile: "Maybe, maybe".

The best news is that Fabregas is now very well, ' Sarri said.

"If there is a pitch and there are 11 players, I feel at home anywhere", he said.

"If I don't score anymore but the team keep winning and I'm helping the team I will be happy".

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