Maurizio Sarri: ‘very difficult’ for Chelsea to stay close to Manchester City and Liverpool after Everton draw

Maurizio Sarri admitted that it will be “very difficult to stay close” to Manchester City and Liverpool after Chelsea succumbed to a drab goalless draw at Stamford Bridge against Everton.

Despite having 69 percent of possession, Sarri’s side only mustered four opportunities on goal, following on from similarly lacklustre performances against Crystal Palace and BATE Borisov. 

“In this moment the average of points of City and Liverpool is very high – I think about 100 points,” Sarri said. “It’s very difficult to stay close to these teams.”

“The last three matches, we created few goal opportunities in relation to how we played. In this moment, it’s maybe a little problem but three matches is a very short time so I don’t know. Maybe it’s by chance, but we have to be careful.”


Chelsea vs Everton player ratings





1/22 <b>Chelsea:</b> Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6 out of 10

2/22 Cesar Azpilicueta – 6 out of 10

3/22 Antonio Rudiger – 6 out of 10

4/22 David Luiz – 7 out of 10

5/22 Marcos Alonso – 7 out of 10

6/22 N’Golo Kante – 6 out of 10

7/22 Jorginho – 5 out of 10

8/22 Mateo Kovacic – 6 out of 10

9/22 Hazard – 7 out of 10

10/22 Willian – 7 out of 10

11/22 Morata – 6 out of 10

12/22 <b>Everton:</b> Jordan Pickford – 8 out of 10

13/22 Seamus Coleman – 7 out of 10

14/22 Michael Keane – 6 out of 10

15/22 Yerry Mina – 6 out of 10

16/22 Lucas Digne – 7 out of 10

17/22 Andre Gomes – 6 out of 10

18/22 Idrissa Gana Gueye – 7 out of 10

19/22 Theo Walcott – 6 out of 10

20/22 Gylfi Sigurdsson – 7 out of 10

21/22 Bernard – 6 out of 10

22/22 Richarlison – 6 out of 10

1/22 <b>Chelsea:</b> Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6 out of 10

2/22 Cesar Azpilicueta – 6 out of 10

3/22 Antonio Rudiger – 6 out of 10

4/22 David Luiz – 7 out of 10

5/22 Marcos Alonso – 7 out of 10

6/22 N’Golo Kante – 6 out of 10

7/22 Jorginho – 5 out of 10

8/22 Mateo Kovacic – 6 out of 10

9/22 Hazard – 7 out of 10

10/22 Willian – 7 out of 10

11/22 Morata – 6 out of 10

12/22 <b>Everton:</b> Jordan Pickford – 8 out of 10

13/22 Seamus Coleman – 7 out of 10

14/22 Michael Keane – 6 out of 10

15/22 Yerry Mina – 6 out of 10

16/22 Lucas Digne – 7 out of 10

17/22 Andre Gomes – 6 out of 10

18/22 Idrissa Gana Gueye – 7 out of 10

19/22 Theo Walcott – 6 out of 10

20/22 Gylfi Sigurdsson – 7 out of 10

21/22 Bernard – 6 out of 10

22/22 Richarlison – 6 out of 10

Sarri became embroiled in a heated dispute with rival manager Marco Silva after the two side’s backbenches became particularly aggravated with one another during a feisty encounter which featured seven yellow cards. However, the Chelsea boss was quick to play down any fraught tensions after the game.

“It was only a normal discussion on the pitch. There was absolutely nothing between me and Marco [Silva]. It’s normal on the pitch sometimes. You are nervous so it can happen, but nothing serious.”

Despite dropping two valuable points, another undefeated match for Chelsea – 12 now in the Premier League – means Sarri has broken the record for the longest undefeated streak of any new Premier League manager in history.

“I’ve very proud,” he said of the achievement. “I know very well that I have to say thank you to the club because they gave me a very good squad, I have to say thank you to my players, and finally I have to say thank you to my staff.”

“But, of course,” the Italian added with a chuckle, “I prefer the three points today.” 

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