Updated: Feb 9, 2019
Sarri wants his side to emulate their win over City in December.
Chelsea travel to the Etihad on Sunday as they look to maintain their spot in the top four.
Chelsea head-coach Maurizo Sarri says Premier League champions Manchester City are the best side in Europe as he explained what he wants his side to do against Pep Guardiola's men on Sunday.
The Blues, who were the first side to hand City their first defeat in the league, bounced back to winning ways as they thrashed Huddersfield last weekend, with Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard scoring a double on the day.
However, reflecting on Chelsea's win over the league leaders back in December, the Italian said as the club's official website quoted: ‘We were lucky, because we scored in a very difficult moment of the match.
‘Maybe we deserved to win in the second half. In that match we defended really very well, because they only had three goal opportunities, no more, and it’s not easy to give them only three or four opportunities. At home they have scored 43 goals in 13 matches, more than three on average, so we need to defend very well.’
The former Napoli boss insists that the Blues need to be at the top of their game this weekend.
He added: ‘We need to be very fast when we recover the ball, because if you are first to the lost ball they are able to press very well, and it’s very difficult to exit the situation.
‘If we are able to do that, we can find spaces, but it will be very difficult.’
Regarding Guardiola suggesting earlier in the week that Chelsea are title contenders, Sarri replied: ‘I don't think so, not at the moment. We will be able to fight for the top four this season, no more. We can win something of course, but in the Premier League there is a fight between Liverpool and Man City. In my opinion, Man City are the best team in Europe. They are an example for every club.
‘We need to work. Guardiola is in the third season in the Premier League, Klopp in the fourth or fifth, but we need to work. I don’t know another way.
‘We need only to work and try to reduce the gap.’