Ross Barkley has insisted that Chelsea are serious title contenders this season although Sarri has claimed that his team are still far behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
The Blues are currently joint leaders of the Premier League with Liverpool and Manchester City as they go into the second international break of the season.
The Blues smashed Southampton 3 nil on Sunday but Maurizio Sarri is yet to be convinced that his side can go all the way and challenge for the title.
The Italian tactician said: ‘Manchester City and Liverpool are a step forward of us.’
‘The gap was 30 points City to Chelsea (last season) and we are trying to close the gap, but it’s very difficult to close such a gap in one season.’
Meanwhile, regardless of Sarri’s cautious approach in talking up Chelsea as a title contender, Barkley is confident that Chelsea are good enough.
When asked if Chelsea could contend for the title, Barkley said: ‘We’re serious.’
‘A lot of the team have already achieved the success of winning the league and that’s a goal of mine.’
‘Our end goal is to win the league but we’re taking each month as it comes to reach our goals and at the moment we’re achieving them.’
Speaking on how his career at Chelsea had come alive this season, he said: ‘I’ve had to bide my time.’
‘I had a difficult time when I first came here with a few little niggles but that was expected after a long-term injury’
‘I’ve stuck at it, worked hard, believed in myself and I’m showing what I’m capable of. I want to keep improving and scoring goals.’
‘I’ve got to back myself and show what I’m capable of and not go into my shell, which I know I do sometimes.’
‘I’ve got to show confidence in my ability which I’m showing right now.’