And although Manchester City are two points worse off than last season, the main difference is not their form, but the quality of their rivals.
"For sure, it's not a physical problem because, in the last part of the [Everton] match, we ran a lot, I think".
Sarri's Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino has managed precisely that feat, with the managers coming up against each other for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday. "It's clear he's a very important coach, with a trophy or without a trophy".
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Sarri said after the game that Chelsea were struggling to create the chances to match their possession play, and he believes his team will be punished by a "very dangerous" Tottenham team if they do not improve on Saturday. "We are waiting to move to the new stadium because it is a massive and fantastic stadium and start to build that belief that we can beat everyone and be consistent during the season and try to fight for big things".
"It's true in the last few years, Chelsea was always on the top", he said. Maybe two. So it's very hard to win if you're not the best team. However, Chelsea are unbeaten in English Premier League as well as in UEFA Europa League.
"If you're going to pick 11 players I think you're going to pick Harry Kane and Hazard because both in different ways are so decisive and such good players". "I like Eriksen very much because he is very smart player".
However, Pochettino has defended the pair, saying the man recording the footage was in the wrong. "There is no point talking too much as you give publicity to a person who was doing something that, for me, was completely wrong".