Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reckons the players at Jose Mourinho's disposal at Manchester United are the best in the Premier League - and that the Portuguese will win major silverware again.

Chelsea opened the scoring through Antonio Rudiger in the first half before Anthony Martial's second-half brace saw United take control of the game only for Barkley to equalise.

Three thoughts on the dramatic 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

United were seconds away from ending Chelsea's unbeaten start to the Premier League season before Barkley equalised in the sixth minute of injury-time.

The former Blues boss has not won at his former ground since taking over at United and he was involved after the home bench erupted in celebrations at the late leveller.

Mourinho has a poor record at Stamford Bridge since leaving Chelsea. What happened with Sarri's assistant, Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he will resolve it.

Sarri's style could not be more different.

The club confirmed 25 minutes prior to the initial kick-off time of 20:00 BST that the match had been delayed until 20:05 BST due to the late arrival of their bus.

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"That was an extraordinary show. I'm not going to kill you because of [just] one'".

Sarri complained that Chelsea stopped playing "his football" after Martial levelled, and were too easily panicked into playing long balls. He was losing at the time. "We are talking about two months".

"The season is still in the beginning of course but, if he is the best player of the Premier League until now, which I think he is, Chelsea is top of the league because he's the kind of player who can make a huge difference".

I am a student of the game. As a result of the Blues remaining undefeated in league play, assistant Marco Ianni celebrated with a fist pump in Mourinho's face.

More than anything, the game will be about contrasting styles: Chelsea's willingness to attack and to get their full backs into advanced positions and Mourinho's instincts to defend.

Sarri has challenged Hazard to score 40 goals this season, adding: "It is easy to stimulate Hazard - as long as you let him have fun".

All three were instrumental in United's fightback against Newcastle when, with nothing to lose, Mourinho threw caution to the wind. "Would I celebrate like insane my team's goal at Stamford Bridge or my team's victory at Stamford Bridge?"

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