Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea not yet Premier League contenders

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The Blues lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley to lose their first competitive clash under the Italian coach.

Strip it all back - the new managers, new systems and the respective ownership issues at Chelsea and Arsenal - and this season is about one thing and one thing only for both clubs - getting back into the UEFA Champions League.

SI TV is also now available on fuboTV. "For 15 minutes of the first half it was disgusting", Sarri admitted. I know we need to push the players to work.

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Ferdinand's comments come hot on the heels of Sarri's admission that his side won't challenge for the title, based on current form. I think we have to work and we have to improve. 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 disappointing defeat meant that Arsenal have now lost a simply staggering eight of their last nine league games on the road, winning only once in 2018, while they've lost their opening two top-flight matches since the inaugural Premier League campaign back in 1992/93 - on that occasion they finished 10th. "We need to continue, to press and press and press in the other half, otherwise we will have a problem". But in the moment where we are not going to press in the other half, we are in trouble. "I'm really very happy with him".

"We were defending very deep. In the process, I'm sure he is going to do a good game".

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"It's clear. He is a great player", added Sarri.

All it took was a late Marcos Alonso drive to seal three points for the home team.

"We need to continue working for what we want, our process, today we had two midfielders one 19 and one 21 years old, we need to give them the confidence to play, but our way, our process, is to improve and give these chances to to the young players".

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