Blues manager Maurizio Sarri claims Chelsea are a year behind their Premier League rivals in the title race: Manchester City and Liverpool.
Despite a very good start, where the Italian boss won all the league games until today, Sarri doesn’t think is team can compete for the title glory:
“Liverpool are a step forward of us at this moment.
“We have to play against a very, very good team who have worked with the same coach for three years.
“We have started to work together 35, 40 days ago. Less if you include the international breaks. So for us it’s a bit early,” Sarri said.
“We have to work, we need to improve, and maybe in one year we will be on that level.”
Continuing to speak about today’s game, he said:
“I don’t know where you take the statistics of the match but, in my statistics, we had seven opportunities against their three. So I don’t know.
“I knew that West Ham are a very good team. I don’t know why they lost their first four matches in the league, but they are really a very good team. Maybe now [they are] in confidence after they won away against Everton.
“Maybe we could have done better in the last 25 minutes of the first half. Then, I think that we have played very well… well in the second half, generally, but very well in the last 25 minutes. It’s impossible to win every match. So it’s OK, one point, for today.”
“They were cutting out very well every pass for Giroud, so we needed two wingers, I think. Hazard in the last 25 minutes did very well, more on the right than the left, but it was very difficult for the striker and the two wingers.”