Chelsea may be keeping pace with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table with both sides level on 15 points after five games played, but Blues manager Maurizio Sarri feels that the Reds and defending champions Manchester City are still favourites for the title.
The West Londoners stormed to an impressive 4-1 home win over Cardiff City on Saturday, while Liverpool edged Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 earlier in the day.
In his pre-match press conference, Sarri had stated that the league title might be out of grasp of his side this season and he reiterated those thoughts in the post-match presser as well.
“No, I cannot change my mind for one match,”the Italian responded whether he thought he had changed his mind over his side’s chances.
Eden Hazard was on fire at Stamford Bridge as he netted a hat-trick, while Wilian added a fourth late in the tie as the Blues erased an early deficit to keep their title challenge on track.
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“I think at this moment Liverpool and Man City are another step ahead of us but I think we can improve.”
Most pundits had predicted Sarri would struggle in his debut season, but so far the Italian has delighted fans with his expressive and effective style of football.
“My target is to be the best team in England but not in one month, maybe one season, maybe a little more, but that is our target. At the moment, in my opinion, Liverpool and Man city are better than us.”
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Apart from a 3-2 win over Arsenal, Chelsea have not beaten any direct rivals, but they face Liverpool twice (Carabao Cup and Premier League) in the next few weeks and the picture will be a lot clearer then.