SARRI SURE OF A TOP FOUR FINISH

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Chelsea lost a good opportunity to keep pace with top four as the Blues drew 1-1 with Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

A win against Wolves would have taken Chelsea to fifth spot with a game in hand and a point behind Arsenal who defeated Manchester United on Sunday.

The Blues have a game in-hand, but could not capitalise fully on Spurs’ loss at Southampton on Saturday, and now have nine games to play in their bid to seal a top-four spot.

However, Sarri has been buoyed by his team’s recent form and believes that Chelsea can finish in top four.

“When you have to play only 10 matches, every match you’re not able to win is a missed opportunity,” Sarri said.

“In the last six matches, we won four matches and drew the other two. So there is a little consistency in this moment. We have one match in hand, so we have to have be confident.”

Eden Hazard scored a stoppage time goal to earn Chelsea a draw, but even the 28-year-old wasn’t spared by Sarri’s criticisms as the Italian seemed unhappy with Hazard’s movement.

He said: “Hazard is a great player who can solve the situation in any moment, but during the match he was like the other players.

“He needs more movement without the ball, not only when he has the ball.”

Hazard hailed the team’s spirit but agreed with the manager that the movement of the team was slow.

“We knew the game would be hard,” Hazard acknowledged afterwards.

“We lost there three months ago.

“We tried to move the ball in the first half, but we didn’t create a lot of chances. The second half was the same type of game. They defended very well, and we moved the ball too slowly. We tried but we didn’t create enough space.

“When they scored we tried to give everything and at the end we scored, but at home we have to win. It’s a disappointing result.”

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