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Chelsea boss Sarri focused solely on Palace as Premier League record looms

Chelsea boss Sarri focused solely on Palace as Premier League record looms
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Sarri will equal a 24-year-old record if Chelsea avoid defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri is refusing to think about equalling Frank Clark’s record unbeaten run for a new Premier League manager in Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace.

Chelsea boss Sarri will equal the 11 Premier League matches without defeat that Clark racked up as the new manager of Nottingham Forest back in 1994, should the Blues avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Former Napoli head coach Sarri is intent on ignoring that chance to make history however, preferring instead to focus his players’ minds on the pure task of taking on Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.

“I don’t want to think about the record now, because we have to think only about the match,” Sarri said.

“We have to think only about the game points.

“The record is only a consequence, a result of the match.

“For now, I have to send to my players the message that only this match is important. All the rest is a consequence.”

Former finance expert Sarri has guided Chelsea to third in the Premier League table, with seven wins and three draws from 10 matches, leaving the Blues trailing Liverpool and Manchester City by just two points.

Sarri has consistently maintained he feels a Premier League title race will prove beyond Chelsea this term.

Asked then if he could have foretold this start to his Chelsea career, Sarri replied: “No, because in every experience that I have had before, I was in trouble in the first two months.

“So I thought that it was the same here.

“I think that here I have been lucky. Because the players were able to win without a very good level of tactical organisation.”


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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