CITY ARE THE BEST TEAM IN EUROPE, MAYBE THE BEST IN THE WORLD. THEY CAN WIN THE CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE

Business Day - - Sport - Mau­r­izio Sarri Chelsea man­ager

He said he ex­pects a “big re­ac­tion” on Satur­day but al­ready ap­pears to have set­tled for a top-four scrap along with Lon­don ri­vals Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Arse­nal rather than chas­ing down Liver­pool and cham­pi­ons City. “Manch­ester City are in an­other cat­e­gory. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four, ” Sarri said after the set­back at Wolves. “City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world. They can win the Cham­pi­ons League.”

Jür­gen Klopp’s Liver­pool, who like City are un­beaten, started with­out Roberto Firmino, Mo­hamed Salah and Sa­dio Mane at Burn­ley on Wed­nes­day but still won 3-1. With a huge must-win Cham­pi­ons League game com­ing up next week against Napoli, Klopp may well gam­ble on squad sev­enth-placed for take Vic­tory Satur­day’s them ro­ta­tion top, for early at Liver­pool as least Bournemouth they kick­off. un­til travel would City’s to later also League Third-placed clash have night with a huge on Chelsea. Tot­ten­ham their Cham­pi­ons minds will when City Man­ager on they Satur­day travel Mauri­cio evening. to Pochet­tino Le­ices­ter his will side be kick less off than at pleased 7.45pm that on Satur­day fol­low­ing with on Tues­day a trip to Barcelona — a game Tot­ten­ham have to win will to reach al­most the cer­tainly last 16 of the tour­na­ment. Fifth-placed Arse­nal have no such con­cerns as they host Hud­der­s­field Town on Satur­day look­ing to ex­tend their un­beaten run in all com­pe­ti­tions to 21 matches. Manch­ester United, who are 18 points be­hind lead­ers City and eight adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea after three suc­ces­sive draws, are at home to bot­tom club Ful­ham. United boss Jose Mour­inho has made 46 changes to his start­ing lineup al­ready this sea­son and all eyes will be on his se­lec­tion again as he comes face to face with the orig­i­nal “tinker­man” Claudio Ranieri, now at the helm at Ful­ham. Mour­inho left record sign­ing Paul Pogba on the bench for Wed­nes­day’s 2-2 draw at home to Arse­nal and also started with­out Romelu Lukaku but goalscorer An­thony Mar­tial picked up an in­jury against Arse­nal and is a ma­jor doubt to face Ful­ham. Also on Satur­day, Burn­ley host Brighton and Hove Al­bion while new Southamp­ton man­ager Ralph Hasen­huttl will be in the dugout for the first time as his side take on fel­low strug­glers Cardiff City. West Ham United will be seek­ing a third con­sec­u­tive win when they host Crys­tal Palace in a Lon­don derby./ Reuters

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