Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Is Maurizio Sarri right to call Manchester City Europe's best team?

Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus celebrate Man City's 2-0 win over Everton Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus celebrate Man City's 2-0 win over Everton
Rita Gibson | 09 February, 2019, 05:26

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has insisted that Manchester City are the best team not just in England but in Europe.

Chelsea beat City 2-0 when the sides met back in December so Guardiola and his men will need to be firing on all cylinders if they are to take all three points on Sunday.

Talk of a "12th man" is viewed as one of football's oldest and most overused clichés.

And he says he is impressed with job boss Eddie Howe has done in transforming them from lower-league strugglers into Premier League mainstays.

We wanted to go to the Champions League, we had a pretty small squad in that situation and we had to play Champions League, all that stuff, and win each Premier League game, which is a hard job to do. I think the squad is definitely there, in terms of the depth they have.

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"They need to be consistent year after year". They have one of our players at the moment - Clyney - and they signed Dom [Solanke] on a permanent contract as well. Even if they were to win the Champions League this year, it doesn't class them as the best team. We were there, focused, physically strong.

"At the end of the season, I just want to be able to say we gave everything". If we want to be part of that tight race, we can not change that, or offer something else.

Draws in the most recent of the two fixtures has seen Liverpool overtaken by Manchester City at the top of the table but they can reclaim top spot with a win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

"I got a message this week, another sign that people think I need help - I don't need help, thank you very much, I'm fine - [that] in the last 10 games, City dropped 12 points and we dropped seven".

"This is a real final for us this weekend. Then we've got about 10 days before the Champions League game, so it's going to be important for us to get as many people back fit as possible - then it's a couple of large pushes until the end of the season, with the worldwide break in the middle".

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