Petit baffled by Sarri's use of Chelsea ace Kante

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It took 19 games for Sarri to suffer his first defeat, but since Tottenham Hotspur pressed Jorginho high up the field and exposed his lack of pace defensively in a 3-1 win at Wembley in late November, the blueprint to beat the Blues has been obvious.

The Reds are now sat in second place but are only behind Manchester City on goal difference with a game in hand.

City's victory moved them back above Liverpool to the summit on goal difference, but they have played a game more.

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The one advantage City does have in their race for the Premier League title is their squad depth.

"Sometimes you can win games not playing your best". Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko will have to play crucial minutes at outside back with Benjamin Mendy out on injury, and their ability to not only defend effectively but attack from wide positions will be essential to City's success. Chelsea keep on producing promising talent and then loaning them out or selling them. First of all, while I do believe they will make it to the semifinals of the Champions League, I do not think they will have enough to overcome the monsters of Europe who are less concentrated on domestic league titles.

"Bookmakers are not always right for starters, so I wouldn't get excited about that".

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Chelsea will follow Manchester United's lead should they opt to sack Maurizio Sarri, by reportedly hiring a club legend to take over. He's the best defender in the league. It's not so much about how well you play, it's getting the three points.

The Ukraine global was making just his fourth Premier League start of the season having struggled to get into the team ahead of Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy, but showed no signs of rustiness getting up and down the left flank.

The west Londoners return to action for the first time since their 6-0 thrashing at the Etihad on Sunday when they hit the road to face Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday.

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