Chelsea legend Claude Makelele predicts future success for Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri has made the Premier League look like a cake-walk so far.

Having arrived from Napoli in the summer – replacing Antonio Conte – he’s had a flawless start.

Four wins from four means that the Italian has a 100% start to the season.

The Blues have beaten Huddersfield, Newcastle, Arsenal and Bournemouth, scoring 10 and conceding just three.

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And with the dominance of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Chelsea’s Premier League title aspirations are being written off.

Makelele believes Chelsea are in the title race

But former blues midfielder Claude Makelele thinks that Sarri’s side should still be considered contenders.

“I think Chelsea changed a lot,” Makelele told FourFourTwo. “Before now you have a lot of teams in the Premier League, it’s competitive.

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“Manchester City, Manchester United, and also the smaller teams have good players. So it’s going to be difficult for them to win the Premier League. I’m confident.”

And Makelele speaks from experience when it comes to managerial transitions at Chelsea.

He was part of the Chelsea team when Claudio Ranieri was sacked and Jose Mourinho first came to England.

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After finishing second under Ranieri, Mourinho was able to go one better and win Chelsea’s first title, even though competition was strong from Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

And despite the competition in the league, the former France international believes that Chelsea’s squad possess enough quality to bring success.

Makalele said: “He [Sarri] still has good players. [Eden] Hazard is there, [N’Golo] Kante is there. These kinds of players give a different story about Chelsea than the way we knew Chelsea before.

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“I think he has the capacity to make history for Chelsea again.”

Sarri will be looking to extend Chelsea’s perfect start to the season as they welcome Premier League new-boys Cardiff City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.