Maurizio Sarri explains why Liverpool are 'step ahead' of Blues

Sherman Parsons
September 24, 2018

In last season's fixtures, West Ham were defeated at home by Chelsea in December.

'We have to work then, maybe, in one year we will be at the same level as Liverpool.

The Blues are off to a rapid start under Maurizio Sarri, and now sit atop the Premier League table.

Last week, Sarri challenged Hazard to play more in the final 25 metres of the pitch - and when asked if he felt he had done that against West Ham, the Blues boss told his post-match news conference: "Not in the first half".

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But for all Chelsea's dominance - a total of 451 passes in the first period - they managed just three shots on target and two of those were from distance.

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It was another poor weekend for Manchester United, though, as they lost more ground in a draw at Wolves, while Tottenham bounced back to win at Brighton and Arsenal won for a fifth straight game against Everton.

"Then we have played well in the second half, and very well in the last 25 minutes".

But if Chelsea can beat Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday they will leapfrog the Reds in the league standings. "It's OK, one point today". Eden Hazard has let the way, notching five goals through five games. The Belgian failed to carry a consistent goal threat in his first match since being publicly challenged by Sarri to break the 40-goal barrier this season. "We'll take that all day long", said Mark Noble, West Ham captain.

"They are a step forward than us at the moment".

Alvaro Morata and Andriy Yarmolenko wasted glorious chances at either end after the interval, though opportunities were otherwise a rare commodity in the second half and the Hammers' rearguard action kept Chelsea at bay.

It's not hard to imagine Sarri's high defensive line being torn to shreds, particularly if Rudiger's injury deprives the Blues of all recovery speed.

The result means Liverpool are the only team remaining with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League ahead of their Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday night.

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