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Chelsea ended last season outside of the top four as the Blues had to settle for fifth place, which cost former boss Antonio Conte his job.

Maurizio Sarri was appointed as the new Chelsea boss to improve the club and he has revealed that closing the gap with Manchester City will represent success for him.

Pep Guardiola’s side ran away with the title last season with 100 points and finished 19 points better than second place Manchester United. Chelsea were a distant 30 points afar off the champions, and that’s the gap Sarri is keen on bridging.

He said: “In this moment in English football there is a club above the others, Manchester City. We have to try to do our best and try to reach 101 per cent of our potential, and then we have to see. We have to work to reduce the gap.

“I don’t know now what can happen, but my feeling is that we can be a very good team.”

The new Chelsea boss also revealed that he will get his team at its best in two months time.

He said: “It has been very difficult, but in this season it has been very difficult for every club, especially the biggest clubs, with the World Cup, the friendly matches.

“We started to work all together only 10 days ago. We have to work, to improve, but in my opinion in two months we can be a very good team.”

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