Sarri: Chelsea could beat England but are still a work in progress

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Maurizio Sarri says his Chelsea side could beat Gareth Southgate's England team, even though he has not had enough time with the team.

Maurizio Sarri says his Chelsea side could beat Gareth Southgate’s England team, even though he has not had enough time with the team.

The 60-year-old spoke of his disinterest for international football, including last summer’s World Cup, saying all top-level club teams could beat international sides.

Sarri, though, insisted his Blues team are a work in progress, due to his arrival in mid-July and the lack of quality training time, with Chelsea‘s hectic fixture schedule also hindering their progress under the Italian.

‘Our level is not less than the England national team,’ Sarri said. ‘We can draw, we can lose, we can win. Maybe (I have had) more time than a national team but not enough to organise the team as I want.

‘The next (week) will be the first week without three matches starting from August 20, so the time is not enough.’

Sarri insisted all club coaches have little time for international football.

Sarri said: ‘There isn’t anything to learn. It is a usual position, every coach thinks like me. It is unusual to say it.

‘It is impossible to organise very well a team in 30 days. Every team in the World Cup will lose against the top level club teams in every match.

‘It is very difficult to see a very organised team in the Euros or World Cup.’

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