Maurizio Sarri pays Liverpool and Manchester City compliment after Palace win

Maurizio Sarri says his Chelsea side is still behind Liverpool in its development in spite of the fact that the Blues are ahead of the Reds in the Premier League table.

The 11th gameweek of the 2018/19 Premier League season was one of disappointment for Liverpool as they dropped two points away to Arsenal and dropped to third in the table behind Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Reds are level on points with Sarri’s Blues while Pep Guardiola’s outfit is two points clear of second and third. And although the Italian Chelsea manager has seen his side start the season fabulously, he doesn’t think his team is on the same page as Liverpool and City.

He told reporters after Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace that he doesn’t expect to close the gap on his rivals this season.

“From the first day, Manchester City and Liverpool are at the moment a step ahead of us,” he said. “When I arrive the gap from last season as 30 points with City.

“It is difficult to think you can recover this gap in one season, in six months.

“We need to improve more because we are doing well. We need to improve from a tactical point of view.”

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