Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has dismissed suggestions by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino that Chelsea have it easier in the title race than clubs competing in the Champions League.
The Blues are playing Europa League football this season after finishing fifth in the league last season.
When asked if Pochettino is right to suggest that Chelsea have a simpler task to compete, Sarri replied: “No, because the Europa League is very difficult.
“Of course, the Champions League is more expensive from the mental point of view. It’s very difficult if you play (for example) in Madrid against Real to be ready after three days from a mental point of view.
“But, on the other hand, in the Europa League you have to play on Thursday and, with the rules of the Premier League, that’s not easy.
“Next week we will play on Thursday at 8pm (against PAOK Salonika) and then at 12pm (against Fulham) on Sunday after 64 hours.
“I understand that the Champions League is more expensive on the mental point of view. From a mental point of view, maybe we do have an advantage. From a physical point of view, no.”
The Blues are yet to drop points in the Europa League this season.