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Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues struggled to create clear cut chances against a very stubborn Southampton defence while Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn, making his Premier League debut, impressed in goal for Southampton.

It was the first time in 11 Premier League games that relegation-threatened Southampton had kept a clean sheet and that shows how poor Chelsea were in attack.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has called for Chelsea to be more inventive and play more diagonal balls over the top like Barcelona when we play against teams that are happy to sit back and defend.

“Teams are coming here and sitting back and it’s difficult to break them down, because it’s so tight,” Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea TV.

“We need to get on the training pitch and work on trying to get balls in behind and work on playing against a deep back four.

“We need those clever movements in behind, even though they are deep. One of those diagonal balls over the top, like you see Barcelona do a lot.

“We need to work on that. It’s about having patience as well, because it’s so frustrating at times. You can’t get that space to open them up.

“I think we need to get used to it, because we’re playing well at times, so teams are going to come here and do that – and away as well.”

With Chelsea hosting Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday, Chelsea might have to play like Barcelona as Loftus-Cheek has suggested because Nottingham Forest are expected to sit deep and defend in numbers against Chelsea.

Meanwhile Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed after Chelsea’s goalless draw against Southampton on Wednesday night that Chelsea need something different.

“The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics,” Sarri said after the goalless draw with Southampton on Wednesday.

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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