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Sarri admits it will be ‘very difficult’ for Chelsea to close gap to Man City and Liverpool

Maurizio Sarri admits it will be ‘very difficult’ for Chelsea to close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool.

Chelsea’s final day goalless draw at Leicester saw Sarri’s side finish the season in third, though the club were a huge 26 points behind champions Man City.

The club will also be unable to strengthen this summer, after FIFA upheld their two-window transfer ban imposed for breaking the rules regarding the signing of foreign U18 players.

Chelsea will be unable to register new players until the summer of 2020, with star player Eden Hazard also being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Sarri admits his side will work to try and ‘recover’ the gap, though says it will prove difficult to reach the levels of the Premier League’s top two.

“I thought I was unlucky at Napoli (losing the title) with 91 points. It will be very difficult [for us to close the gap], Liverpool lost the Premier League with 97 points,” Sarri told the BBC.

“I’m really sorry for Liverpool fans and [Jurgen] Klopp but the season of Manchester City was wonderful. We have to work and try to recover the gap. It will be difficult.”