CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri has conceded that Manchester City ‘are in another category’ to his Blues side.
Chelsea welcome the Premier League champions to Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s late kick-off in another big clash at the top of the table.
The Blues has slipped to fourth in the top-flight having only won one of their last four fixtures and face a huge task to get anything from this weekend’s blockbuster.
Sarri say Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten City, who have won 13 of their 15 games this term, are the best team going.
He said: “Manchester City are in another category.
“We have to play and to fight to be in the top four. The result is very difficult for this, because I know in every match you have to gain points.
“In the last championship in Italy I lost Serie A with 91 points, so I know very well you have to gain points in every match.
“City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world.”
Chelsea lost 2-1 at Wolves last night despite going ahead after 18 minutes thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Sarri added: “We played very well for 55 minutes.
“After their first goal, that was an accident because we were in full control of the match, we were suddenly another team, without the right distances and without our football. I don’t know why.
“I am very worried, not with the result, but for the fact we didn’t react to the first goal of the opponent. We didn’t react at all. I worried about this.”
Sarri made a host of changes for the trip to Molineux but the Italian doesn’t regret resting the likes of Jorginho, Pedro and David Luiz.
He said: “If you asked me after 55 minutes I would say yes, I am really very happy.
“Then we lost everything: our football, the result, everything, for an accident, a goal. It can happen.
“I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team. We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.”