Sarri: We are not title contenders.

Sarri isn’t convinced his Blues are title contenders.

Maurizio Sarri admits he doesn’t believe his Chelsea side should be seen as potential title contenders yet.

The west London side beat Arsenal 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, following their opening-day win over Huddersfield.

Pedro and Alvaro Morata handed the homeside the lead before Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi leveled up for the Gunners before half-time, however, Eden Hazard assisted Marcos Alonso who wrapped up the win nine minutes from time.

Following the game when asked if he sees Chelsea as potential title challengers, Sarri said as reported: "Not in this moment. We did very well in the last 25 minutes today, but I think that we have to work, we have to improve in the defensive parts, and I am not talking about only the defenders.

"The defensive phase of all the team, all players. Because if we press very high, we are able to do well. But in the moment where we are not going to press in the other half, we are in trouble. So I think we have to work and need to improve.

"I think we have done very well for 75 minutes. 15 minutes from maybe the 30th-minute was horrible. We lost the distances I think, we were not able to cover the last third, or press as a team, only one player to player.

"I think that the players were very good in the second half. It was not easy in the final part of the first half.

"We want to defend by looking only at the ball. We have to stay very compact and need to press on the other half. In that 15 minutes, we were not able to do this, so we were in trouble.

"We have to improve because I think we did really very well in the first 25 minutes today, but we need to continue to press and press and press in the other half. Otherwise, for us it may be a problem. I hope we will be able to play 90 minutes like the first 25 in two months."


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