Sarri Speaks Ahead Chelsea, United Premier League Showdown
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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said he respects Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as both sides face off in the Premier League.

United will battle the Blues by 12:30 pm on Saturday and Sarri has said Mourinho is a great manager.

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“We are talking about a coach [Mourinho] that has won everything, everywhere, so I think you all have to respect him,” Sarri said at Friday’s pre-match press conference.

“I think he is a very good coach, a very good manager and one of the best in the world.

“I don’t know about the problem with Antonio, on the pitch you can be a little nervous and tense, you can say everything in that moment. I think Conte respects Mourinho and visa versa.”

The Italian added that “they are a very strong team. Maybe player-by-player, they are the best team in the league.

“At the moment City is more of a team, but player-by-player they are very, very strong.

“We are talking only about eight matches, they are doing well in the Champions League so they can improve in the Premier League, we are talking about two months.”