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Sarri Plays Down City Win

Sarri Plays Down City Win

Maurizio Sarri played down the significance of Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City and has demanded they kick on.

Goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz saw Chelsea inflict City’s first loss of the season, ending a 21-match unbeaten run in the league, which saw Guardiola’s men relinquish top spot in the table.

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Sarri insisted afterwards that Chelsea are still behind City in the pecking order, but was delighted with the win nonetheless.

“I’m happy for the win because it’s difficult to win against Guardiola’s team,” the Italian said. “I know very well they are a step ahead now. “In a competition of 10 months it’s very difficult to cover the gap.

“I think they are at the moment the best team in Europe. We won today, but we have to say we were a bit lucky in the first 25 minutes, because they could score.”

Sarri had criticised his players after two losses in the prior three league games – at Tottenham and Wolves – and said the win over City would count for little if his side do not back it up at Brighton next weekend.

The Blues boss, who earned a victory over Guardiola for the first time, said: “We have a team with some difficulties to be motivated. In this kind of match it’s very easy to have great motivation, determination, the right level of aggression.

“Then during a season you have to play small teams. In Brighton there will be three points on the pitch like today. We need to play with this level of determination, with the right aggression in the other matches. Otherwise it’s useless.”

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