Maurizio Sarri says it is impossible for Chelsea to catch Manchester City in the Premier League this season, despite their unbeaten start.
Sarri’s only defeat since taking charge at Stamford Bridge was in his first game, which came against City at Wembley in the Community Shield.
Since then, Chelsea have gone 18 matches unbeaten in all competitions, leaving them just four points behind champions City in the Premier League.
However, asked if he thought they could catch Pep Guardiola’s side, Sarri said: “No. For me they are stronger than us.
“We have to work very hard just to try to recover the gap, but at the moment the gap is still there.
“We have to do it. We can recover, but I don’t think in the first season we will be able to recover 30 points (distance Chelsea finished behind City last season).
“In the Premier League, there is a team above the others. This team is Manchester City.”