Chelsea must remain focused after worldwide break Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea must remain focused after worldwide break Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea must remain focused after worldwide break Maurizio Sarri

But while the West London club's impressive early season form spells good omens for the 59-year-old - they have won the title in five of the six times they have managed to win their first four league matches - he recently dismissed the club's chances of winning a third league trophy in five years.

Abraham spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Bristol City before getting a regular taste of Premier League action with Swansea City last season on a temporary basis.

"I think at this moment Liverpool and Man City are another step ahead of us but I think we can improve".

The win meant that former Napoli boss Sarri became only the fourth manager in Premier League history to win his first five games in the competition. I don't know. I have to speak to him.

"Fortunately in the last season [when Napoli nearly won Serie A in 2017/18], the average was the same: 2.4 in the season, 2.45 after the break".

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 51 home Premier League games against newly-promoted opposition (W42 D8 L1), with that defeat coming against Bournemouth in December 2015. "But I think also we need to improve, and we can improve". Should he return to Stamford Bridge, it will be as a member of Sarri's coaching staff.

But Sarri, whose Chelsea side have defied expectations and could be a surprise challenger for the title come May, believes it's still only City and Liverpool who will be fighting for the top prize. I think so, but I hope not. "My end game is to be a manager and that's what I'm working towards with the younger boys here".

Asked if that attitude is born out of the fact that he worked outside of football in the world of banking until the age of 40, Sarri replied with a smile: "Maybe, maybe".

"I have been doing it sometimes here, sometimes at my home".

The next three weeks see Chelsea open their Europa League and League Cup campaigns alongside their Premier League commitments, a congested fixture list which sees seven games played in quick succession.

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