Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea manager has named Manchester City and Liverpool as the two Premier League clubs ahead of the Blues this season.
He made this assertion after his side’s 3-0 win over Southampton on Sunday evening.
Sarri said that the Stamford Bridge club needs to improve both defensively and offensively so as to compete better.
Sarri’s side are yet to be beaten in the Premier League this campaign and won their sixth Premier League game this season at St Mary’s Stadium over the weekend.
Victory against Southampton
Goals from Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata ensured victory for the West London club.
“I think we can do better, they had two or three opportunities. We can do better, especially defensively,” Sarri was quoted by Metro UK as saying at post-match.
“We need to be in control of the match, we can do better in the defensive and sometimes offensive phase., said Sarri.
“Today we did wrong in two or three counter attacks. I think we have the possibility to improve.”
Sarri, who replaced former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte in the summer, also reiterated his belief that his team will struggle to close the gap on City and Liverpool this season.
“It’s the same that I thought one week ago,” Sarri added.
“I think Manchester City and Liverpool are a step forward.
“We need to close the gap. Now we are trying to cover the gap and we are working on that.
I think it will be very difficult to cover so large a gap in one season.”
What next for Chelsea?
Sarri’s men will face Manchester United in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all tied on 20 points but Manchester City occupies the first spot with a superior goal difference.
The ‘Blues’ are second on the log, so will hope for a win on Saturday to move ahead of City, should the ‘Citizens’ drop points.