Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri believes beating Manchester City this season isn’t possible, but he added anything can happen in their match on Saturday
The Blues will host the Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge this weekend hoping to avoid a third defeat in four league games.
However, City have made an incredible start by winning 13 of their opening 15 games and they are yet to taste defeat even once in the English top-flight.
10 points now separate Chelsea and City in the standings, but Sarri hasn’t given up hope of snatching a surprise win against Pep Guardiola’s men.
“The match, for us, is really very important,” said Sarri, according to ESPN.
“You know very well it’s a very difficult match against, maybe, the best team in Europe at the moment.
“So we know very well it’s very difficult. It’s impossible to beat them in a long period, of course, in this moment. But in a match, everything can happen.”
As for whether the team believes they can take down City, Sarri replied: “I don’t know, but I think we have a problem to manage the match at the moment.
“In the last two matches we played well for 55, 60 minutes but then, at the first difficulty, we went in a blackout.
“The first match [against Fulham] we were lucky because they didn’t score. In the last match [against Wolves], we were a little bit unlucky because, for the opponents, there are five shots and only two on target, and we conceded two goals. But, after the first goal, we went in a blackout and were not able to react.
“We started with 30 points of difference [to City from last season]. We have to work to reduce the gap.
“I think that we are improving, but they are improving also, so it’s very difficult to recover the gap. We started very well, this season, but now we have to face some difficulties. I think it’s normal.
“Sooner or later, it’s normal to have some difficulties in a new way of playing. It’s normal. We have to work, we have to try to solve [them] problem by problem, day by day, and to improve in a definitive way.”