KANTE REVEALS THE INSTRUCTION SARRI GAVE THE PLAYERS AT HALF-TIME AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON

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Chelsea needed the three points against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday when the Blues hosted the Saints, but Maurizio Sarri’s side could only get a point after a goalless draw.

Chelsea had 72% of the ball but couldn’t find the net despite having 16 shots, as Southampton defended their backline with all they’ve got.

The draw dampened Chelsea’s hopes of closing the gap between them and Tottenham and it also reduced the gap between Chelsea and Arsenal to just three points, while in-form Manchester United who were 11 points behind are now just 6 points away.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Kante said about the draw: “It was difficult to score.

“They played a good game defensively but we need to win and to find a way to score in this kind of game.”

Kante also revealed that Sarri urged the players at half-time to keep passing the ball around and patiently find the space behind Southampton’s backline, but it never yielded a goal at the end.

Asked what Sarri said in the dressing room at the break, Kante replied: “Just to keep going because we knew they were pressing a lot and we could find some spaces.

“We had some chances in the second half and we were unlucky not to score.

“We were a little bit unlucky because that [Morata’s 70th-minute effort] was the kind of chance from which we can score.

“Maybe we need to find the right timing, but the game was a draw and now we need to bounce back in our next match, in the FA Cup, and in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup. We will see what we can do this week.”

Hazard has been Chelsea’s best player this season, but even he couldn’t find a way past Southampton’s defence, and Kante believes the team should stop waiting on the Belgian in each game.

“We all know Eden is a fantastic player, he’s helped us a lot during this season and the seasons before,” the World Cup winner said.

“He can make the difference at any time, but we need to count on everyone.

“We created chances that we missed. It’s a difficult moment but we need to bounce back.”

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted Chelsea need something different after the Blues’ lack of cutting edge in Wednesday’s goalless draw with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

“The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics,” Sarri said after the game.

Asked if he would solve Chelsea’s problem in the January transfer market, Sarri added: “I don’t know. I don’t know because I’m not in charge of the market.

“I have to think to my responsibility. I have to think to the pitch and the training. I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better our offensive phase in the last 20 metres.

“We are very good to build up the action, I think. Now we have to improve in the last 20 metres. The club knows my position, my opinion. It’s up to the board, not me.”

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