Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea team defeated Manchester United 2-0 to remain in the top four on Saturday night. This was a crucial win as the club have lost twice in their last three consecutive league games.

N’Golo Kante opened the scoring towards the closing stages of the first interval, while David Luiz secured the victory 12 minutes from time.

The winner saw the London club remain the top four though with eight points separating the side and league leaders Liverpool who hammered Bournemouth 4-0 earlier in the day.

Sarri noting the 8 points difference has revealed that the Blues are not ready to contend for the title with Merseyside team in the current league season.

“As I said, always as you know, I think the gap is impossible to cover this kind of gap only in one season,” the Italian said.

“One match – you can play one match, of course. Then in the competition of 10 months it’s very difficult to cover the gap.

“I think they are, at the moment, the best team in Europe.

City were made to pay for a host of missed chances, with Kante’s opener coming against the run of play.

“We won today. But we have to say we were a bit lucky in the first 25 minutes, because they could score,” Sarri admitted

“A little bit lucky in the first half and very good second half.”

“I’m happy for the win because it’s difficult to win against (Pep) Guardiola’s team.

“I know very well they are a step ahead now. We have to work to cover the gap.

“We are not sure to be able to cover the gap. We have to try, of course.”