That's not to say that the league is out of reach, but it will be a very hard task to recover the deficit.
Florentino Perez is planning to launch a bid for the Chelsea playmaker at the end of the season but the Los Blancos might have to shell out something in excess of a 100 million pounds in order to acquire the services of Eden Hazard. "I want him to stay".
The Spaniard suffered the injury during the first half of Chelsea's Boxing Day win at Watford. "I think we can repeat the 4-5-1 they played against City".
With Hazard making it publicly clear of his admiration and desire to play for Real Madrid in the future, Sarri has acknowledged the situation has dragged on for too long. "I am really very happy with him in this position because he is very able to score and to open spaces for the team-mates".
"I think we have to solve the problem".
His goals powered Leicester to their sensational title run in the 2015/16 season and although his form has tailed off slightly this campaign - he has managed just six goals thus far - he remains one of the deadliest attackers in England. "So I think it's very hard to play here, but I think it's fantastic".
"He is a great player", Sarri continued.
Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has disclosed that his side will be without the likes of forwards, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi when they tackle Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon. Cesc Fabregas is set to be a free agent at the end of the season and has been linked with leaving to join a number of European clubs in January in search of more regular playing time.
Sarri said: "Pedro has an injured hamstring and I think that he will have to rest for about 10 days".