Maurizio Sarri rules Chelsea out of the Premier League title race

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Maurizio Sarri has claimed he does not see Chelsea challenging for the Premier League title in his debut season in charge, adding that Manchester City and Liverpool are now the main title contenders.

He played for second tier Championship side Aston Villa last season and this week turned down the chance to sign for Spartak Moscow. Terry's former club-mate Frank Lampard has indicated he will not attempt to lure the 37-year-old to Derby County.

The next three weeks see Chelsea open their Europa League and League Cup campaigns alongside their Premier League commitments, a congested fixture list which sees seven games played in quick succession.

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"I think in this moment, we are very unsafe in the offensive phase but we are not so solid as I want in the defensive phase", Sarri said.

The West Londoners stormed to an impressive 4-1 home win over Cardiff City on Saturday, while Liverpool edged Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 earlier in the day.

Ampadu made headlines with his composed performances at senior level for Wales during the worldwide break, and Sarri said that he hopes to find minutes for the 18-year-old as well as Chelsea's other talented youngsters on the fringes of the first-team squad as the season wears on. The Blues will absolutely want to make Sarri a flawless five-for-five in the Premier League, but the task could be more hard than many may anticipate. "Maybe it's better for him to have two days of training", Sarri said. Because, as I said before, I want to give space to the young players. "But I'm delighted with his performance, a big compliment to him". I'm really very happy. However, after a discussion with Chelsea, I realised that the main thing for me was to feel good where I was then and am now. He has covered the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League since 1982, and has one of the world's most recognizable soccer voices. But, for me, it's a pleasure. If he wants to help us I am happy [for him to do so]. "It's 12 or 13 hours, but for me it's not working".

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