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Sport Sarri: Chelsea aren't Premier League title contenders yet

17:10  14 september  2018
17:10  14 september  2018 Source:   goal.com

Makelele backs Sarri to make history at Chelsea

  Makelele backs Sarri to make history at Chelsea Claude Makelele – a two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea – is expecting big things from head coach Maurizio Sarri.Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele believes it will be difficult for Maurizio Sarri to win the Premier League in his first season, though he has backed the Italian to make history at Stamford Bridge.

mauriziosarri - cropped: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri © Provided by Goal Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri believes challenging for the Premier League remains a step too far for Chelsea despite their 100 per cent record in the opening weeks of the 2018-19 season.

Sarri arrived at Stamford Bridge in July and has hit the ground running, winning all four of their league matches prior to the international break.

Only Liverpool and Watford have matched Chelsea's impressive start, with champions Manchester City two points behind having drawn with Wolves last month.

But Sarri does not see his side battling for the title at the end of the season, instead thinking Liverpool and City will be the two teams vying for silverware.

Makelele backs Sarri to make history at Chelsea

  Makelele backs Sarri to make history at Chelsea The midfielder, who won two Premier League titles, has backed the Blues manager to achieve great things at the clubFormer Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele believes it will be difficult for Maurizio Sarri to win the Premier League in his first season, though he has backed the Italian to make history at Stamford Bridge.

"At the moment, I can only see City or Liverpool [winning it], at the moment," he told a media conference.

"We need another step to be at the same level. I think [it is too soon], but I hope not!

"It is very difficult to recover 30 points in one season, very difficult.

"We need to improve. My feeling is that we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase, we need to improve and we can, my feeling during the training is that this team can improve."

Chelsea could welcome Cesc Fabregas back to the matchday squad against Cardiff City on Saturday, the Spanish midfielder having missed the start of the campaign with a knee injury.

Fabregas is likely to only be fit for a place on the bench, though, and could replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who picked up an injury on international duty with England.

"The best news is Fabregas, he is very well, he was training with the team during the week so now he only has to improve his physical condition," added the Italian. "I think in one week he will be ready to play.

"I think that at the moment Fabregas can be on the bench, but I want to speak to him, I think maybe it is better to have two days of training.

"Yesterday [Thursday] there were problems with fever for Emerson [Palmieri] and [Davide] Zappacosta, and a little problem after the match with the national team for Loftus-Cheek.

"I don't know the situation, I have to speak to the doctor, I don't know if he will be able to play."

Ranieri believes Sarri can guide Chelsea to the title .
Former Chelsea and Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has tipped to the Blues to challenge for the Premier League title under Maurizio Sarri. Ranieri told Radio Anch’io lo Sport, as cited on Calciomercato, that he believes the Blues have a togetherness within the squad that could boost their title chances. The Italian, who visited the club’s training ground earlier this season, believes that the players are all behind Sarri. “Sarri has a good squad. I saw Sarri’s training in Chelsea and I can say that there is a good feeling between the players and their manager. They follow him. He will fight until the end of the season to win the Premier League title.” There had been plenty of talk among fans and pundits about Chelsea’s title credentials under Sarri this season during the build-up to their London derby against West Ham. The Blues went into the game off the back of five wins from five, but a goalless draw at the London Stadium saw them drop to third in the Premier League. Chelsea remain unbeaten domestically as they prepare to face league leaders Liverpool twice in the space of one week, both in the Carabao Cup and in the Premier League.

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