MAURIZIO SARRI believes Chelsea will need as much as a year to be on the same level as Liverpool.
Sarri added the Carabao Cup match against the Reds has the potential to be “spectacular”, and revealed he could make as many as 11 changes for the encounter. “We have to face a team very very good, a team that has worked with the same coach four or five years, I don’t know exactly,” said Sarri. “They are a step forward than us at the moment. We have started to work altogether 40 days ago and less time with the international teams. For us it is a bit early. We have to work and improve and then maybe in a year it will be the same level as Liverpool. They have had one more day of rest. I want to see the picture of the situation tomorrow morning in the training session. I don’t know, maybe I will change 11, maybe five.” And Sarri admitted it was “impossible to win every match”, but did not believe the Blues were suffering from a Europa League hangover after their exertions in Greece on Thursday night.
“I don’t know where the statistics we had seven opportunities to three,” said Sarri. “They (West Ham) are a good team, now with confidence when they won away at Everton. So maybe we could have done better in the last 25 minutes of the first half. Then we have played well in the second half, and very well in the last 25 minutes. It is impossible to win every match. I don’t know (whether the Europa League affected Chelsea’s display). I don’t think so. In this period I don’t think so. After seven matches it is difficult in March and April, not now. I don’t know why in England with the match away you can’t ask for a Monday night. In Italy it is normal.” Sarri confirmed he would speak with the doctor but added he didn’t think the injury was serious, although Spaniard Pedro is set to miss out at Anfield. “I want to speak with the doctor. I think nothing serious. Maybe three or four days,” Sarri added. “He (Pedro) is very important for us as he is the best player with movement without the ball. We are hoping to have him back by the end of the week.” #BlueIsTheColour #CFC #CFCFans #CFCFamily #CFCTillIDie #BPL #EPL #PremierLeague #PreSeason #CFCTour #Champions