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Sarri worry over inconsistent Chelsea

By Matt McGeehan, | 7d
The Blues face a Manchester City side on the back of starkly contrasting results - a 4-0 defeat and a 5-0 victory

Maurizio Sarri has expressed hope, rather than conviction, that Chelsea will be at their best at Manchester City on Sunday.

There has been a nine-goal swing in Chelsea's last two performances.

A 4-0 loss at Bournemouth – Chelsea's worst in the Premier League since September 1996 – was followed by a 5-0 win over bottom club Huddersfield.

Chelsea's formation and tactics under Sarri have been predictable – a 4-3-3 line-up, focused on possession – but the results and performances have been anything but.

"In the last match, we reacted really very well," Sarri said.

"After the match against Huddersfield, I was really very happy with the result, especially with the performance.

"Now we know very well we need consistency. I hope our version on Sunday will be the best."

Chelsea are unbeaten in seven fixtures against defending champions, having ended City's 21-match unbeaten run in the league on December 8.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has followed advice from Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola on focusing on a small playing group this season (Mike Egerton/PA)

Sarri appears to have taken advice from City boss Pep Guardiola on focusing on 14 players in his first season in English football.

Guardiola endured a challenging first season, in 2016-17, when Antonio Conte's Chelsea won the title and his side finished third.

Sarri says City's patient approach was rewarded, with City's remarkable title success last season built on recruitment and following Guardiola's approach.

The 60-year-old Italian may not have the pedigree of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, but he hopes he gets similar time at Chelsea, not a club renowned for patience.

Maurizio Sarri hopes for patience and time at Chelsea (Nick Potts/PA)

Sarri said: "You are more competitive in the market, or you have to work. I don't know another way.

"I think we need only to work and we have to try to reduce the gap because at the moment there is a gap.

"Here it's really very difficult. The Premier League is very competitive. It's not easy to win, it's not easy to get (into) the Champions League.

"We need to work, but I think they (City) are an example for every club."



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2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
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14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
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18Southampton2659122844-1624
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6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
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