Maurizio Sarri has reduced Pep Guardiola’s suggestion that Chelsea are still in the Premier League title race.
His words, “I think we will be able to fight for the top four this season. No more, I think,” Sarri said at his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium.
“We can win something of course, but in the Premier League, there is a fight between Liverpool and Man City. At the moment Man City is the best team in Europe.”
Sarri was also asked again about Eden Hazard, saying he wanted Belgium forward to be “happy” wherever his future lies as speculation continues to swirl over a potential move.
Hazard this week admitted to having made a decision on his future, with his Chelsea contract expiring in June 2020 and amid repeated links with a move to Real Madrid.
“I speak every day with Eden, but I speak with Eden about his position on the pitch,” said Sarri. “I will be really very happy with him if he will want to stay because, in my opinion, he’s the best in Europe.
“But it’s up to him, I think. I want to see him happy. And so, he has to decide.”