Following their dismal performance in the English Premier League last season, which saw them finish 5th on point table, Chelsea will not be competing in the UEFA Champions League this season.
Chelsea eventually sacked their then-manager Antonio Conte and brought in Maurizio Sarri, who previously coached Napoli and helped them get closest to clinching the Serie A last season, as his replacement. Sarri and Chelsea have made a perfect start to their life in the English Premier League this season.
Sarri could not have his team for a better star as they have garnered 12 points from 4 games they have played so far this season. In spite of it, Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea are not the biggest title challengers this season. He also admitted that Chelsea must take another step to get to the levels of Manchester City and Liverpool, two clubs whom he considers as favourites this season.
Manchester City are the defending English Premier League champions. Last season, they outclassed every other opponent in their way to triumph. Manchester City have won 3 games so far this season. Meanwhile, Liverpool, like Chelsea, have had a perfect start to their league campaign. They have also won all 4 games they have played so far and look set to clinch the trophy this season. Liverpool made some brilliant additions to their squad in the summer transfer and they hope to reap its rewards this season.
Sarri says this season could be a step too far in terms of winning the league, he says it is between Man City and Liverpool, he says his team still need to improve pic.twitter.com/8fxwRKDNQK
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Hence, Sarri said, “At the moment I can answer Manchester City or Liverpool. We need another step I think to be at the same level. I think so, but I hope not. It’s very difficult. The gap last season was 30 points so I think to go above 30 points in one season is very, very difficult. I think we must improve but we can improve.”
Manchester City and Liverpool boast a star-studded squad this season. Liverpool, who were edged out by Real Madrid in the finals of UEFA Champions League last season, have reinforced all departments and look to finally clinch the trophy. Manchester City have almost all key players from their last season’s squad. They, too, will be hoping to win and retain the coveted trophy this season.