Chelsea ‘full tilt’ needed to stave off de­feat to City

Business Day - - Sport - Mar­tyn Her­man Lon­don

It has taken less than two weeks for the op­ti­mism gen­er­ated by a 12-match un­beaten start to Mau­r­izio Sarri’s reign at Stam­ford Bridge to fiz­zle out and this week­end the Ital­ian faces his big­gest test to date when Manch­ester City visit. In fair­ness to the former Napoli man­ager, he stressed through­out the heady days of early au­tumn that Chelsea were not equipped to chal­lenge City for the ti­tle and ahead of Satur­day’s clash be­tween the sides a 10-point gap has opened up. On Tues­day, Pep Guardi­ola’s City main­tained a sear­ing pace at the top with a win against Wat­ford. Twenty four hours later Chelsea went down 2-1 at Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers, their sec­ond de­feat in three Premier League games. Sarri said his side had only played well for 55 min­utes at Wolves and knows they will have to be at full tilt for 90 min­utes on Satur­day evening if they are to have any chance of halt­ing the City jug­ger­naut.

Mau­r­izio Sarri

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