Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted Chelsea need something different after the Blues’ lack of cutting edge in Wednesday’s goalless draw with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
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.
Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn, making his Premier League debut, had a comfortable night against Chelsea as he didn’t have lots of saves to make.
Chelsea’s improvements in defence in recent weeks seems to have affected our momentum in attack and Sarri has now revealed Chelsea need something different to solve the problem in attack.
The dropped points against Southampton means our five-point gap with fifth-placed Arsenal has now been cut to three points. Chelsea must improve fast if we must secure Champions League football next season.
“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.”
Sarri also revealed he wasn’t frustrated about Chelsea’s goalless draw with Southampton on Wednesday night.
“Nothing, I think,” Sarri said when asked what frustrated him about Chelsea’s goalless draw with Southampton.
“I tried to do my best I think.
“On the bench I tried to do my job. I think we played a very good match for 80 metres of the pitch, then we were in trouble in the last 20 metres.
“We created goal opportunities, not too much, but it’s not easy to create a lot of goal opportunities in this kind of match, because they were very low in density, very compact, so it was not very easy.
“Of course if you’re able to score the first goal then you have the chance to create a lot of opportunities, because you can find spaces so it’s easier.
“We have to try to solve the problem of the last 15, 20 metres. In the last matches we were in full control of the match, everywhere against every team. For us it’s not easy at this moment to score the first goal. We have to solve this problem, but the performance was good.”