Maurizio Sarri warned about Chelsea FC’s top-four challenge

Stuart Pearce believes Chelsea FC need to finish in the top four this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: Screen grab

Chelsea FC will come under fire should the Blues miss out on a top-four spot in the Premier League this season, Stuart Pearce has warned.

Maurizio Sarri has made a brilliant start to his Blues career after the Italian head coach took over the reins from Antonio Conte in the summer.

Chelsea FC won their opening five Premier League games to hoist themselves up to top spot in the Premier League table.

However, the west London side were held to a goalless draw with derby rivals West Ham United at the London Stadium last weekend.

The Blues dropped down to third spot in the Premier League table following their stalemate in Stratford.

Premier League leaders Liverpool FC will make the trip to Chelsea FC in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

Former Manchester City defender Pearce believes Chelsea FC can ill-afford to miss out on a top-four spot in Sarri’s debut season.

“Chelsea have to be in the top four,” Pearce told Sky Sports. “We can excuse Arsenal but I don’t think we can excuse Chelsea or else criticism will be coming their way.”

Liverpool FC lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the Premier League back in May.

The Blues have beaten Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Cardiff City in the Premier League so far.

Chelsea FC were 1-0 winners against PAOK in the Europa League in Greece last week.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Exclusive interview
The Sport Review
Exclusive interview: John Barnes on why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool FC’s most important player
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
The Sport Review
Pedro challenges Chelsea FC to catch Liverpool FC
2018 Review
The Sport Review
Milestones and memories, with Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Halep, Radwanska, and more
The Sport Review
Gary Lineker reacts to Mo Salah’s display in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Napoli