Maurizio Sarri explains how Chelsea can beat Manchester City on Sunday

Ross Houston
February 9, 2019

"However, despite being top of the league, City are still vulnerable, they are not like they were last season.

We do it because have time, and we can do it because we play the Champions League game a week later".

"The amusing thing about that is I didn't read it, I didn't watch it and I still know it", he told a news conference on Friday. I knew this would be a really tough race and here we are.

"I'm not a massive numbers guy, but Mike Gordon (president of club owners Fenway Sports Group) didn't jump on me this morning and say 'The numbers are fantastic, come on let's go and spend all the money!'" said the manager.

In reality it means little as they could regain top spot with a win over Bournemouth, 24 hours before City host Chelsea, but Klopp still received a number of messages about the perceived power shift this week. Klopp believes a lack of defensive organisation at set pieces, rather than nerves, has been at the root of his side's difficulties in recent weeks. No [timeframe], we work on the Bayern game, but we don't know exactly. Sadio Mane, who has scored in each of his last three appearances, also took time to sign merchandise. Insane numbers. In the early stages of the season, 1-0 up, set pieces for the opponent were nothing.

Dejan Lovren remains unavailable for selection with a muscle injury. "It is never cool if you have to change but the goals we conceded were not because of the changes to the last line".

But Klopp has stressed that the mood of Liverpool's title charge on the outside is much different to the one inside Melwood. That's the truth. There was never a guarantee this season.

"If you want to be top of the table and a champion at the end of the season you have to show real passion, real desire, you have to fight". People always wanted the biggest gap in the world pretty much, 25 points or whatever, but that's not the reality. If we want to be part of that tight race, we can not change that, or offer something else.

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