Pep Guardiola a fan of Chelsea's 'special' style under Maurizio Sarri

Florence Fletcher
December 8, 2018

Marcos Alonso is refusing to rule Chelsea out of the Premier League title race despite Manchester City's already healthy advantage over Maurizio Sarri's side.

"Against Guardiola I have lost every match, so I don't know".

Pep Guardiola endured a hard first season at City before winning the Premier League title in his second season last term, but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not renowned for his patience. "You'll have to ask the club". But our final target is to be the best team in Europe. And so I thought that the problems would arrive in November and December.

"We have to try and solve problem by problem, day by day, to improve in a definitive way".

Manchester City are therefore unlikely to have any qualms or fears about heading down to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea as they look to record a fifth away win from their last six outings on the road following impressive wins at Arsenal, Cardiff City, Tottenham, West Ham and Watford so far this term. And then we can get the last five per cent with a new player.

Sarri has always insisted that he will find his solutions on the training pitch rather than in the transfer market, and he claimed that one new addition next summer could be enough for Chelsea to realise their full potential.

"We are very disappointed after the defeat but it is back to work and we will work harder and start playing better as a team".

"We need a collective target because we need motivation, determination. To have another player in this period with so many games is so important".

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"He is one of the best generations of English players for a long time". If you do, the problems will be the same.

"You have to create a new mentality and a new style of playing".

"We are going through a hard moment and you have to work very hard, stay together and get back to winning as soon as possible".

"Raheem can play in many many positions, three up front, can play no 10, his versatility he moves well in the three sides [of the front line]".

Sarri and Guardiola met with legendary former AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi in June, the three men recognising in each other common values in their tactical approach to football and developing players. For him, it's impossible to improve in the first season 20 players.

Sarri has stuck largely to a trusted unit and was rewarded with an 18-match unbeaten start to the competitive season, after Community Shield defeat to City in his first game in charge. "You need time", Guardiola told reporters on Friday, ahead of the meeting between the teams on Saturday.

"We're not doing very well at the moment".

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