Chelsea crav­ing new striker

China Daily - - SPORTS -

Chelsea man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri ad­mit­ted his side needs a new striker af­ter it wasted a chance to ce­ment its place in the Pre­mier League’s top four with a 0-0 draw against strug­gling Southamp­ton on Wed­nes­day.

Sarri’s team re­mains in fourth place, but it is now just three points ahead of fifth-place Arse­nal in the race to qual­ify for next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League.

On Wed­nes­day, the Blues made Chris­tian Pulisic the most ex­pen­sive Amer­i­can soc­cer player in his­tory when they paid Borus­sia Dort­mund around $73 mil­lion for the mid­fielder.

How­ever, the 20-year-old has been loaned straight back to the Ger­man side for six months, with Sarri keen to ac­quire more at­tack­ing re­in­force­ments af­ter his side failed to score for the third time in its last five league games at Stam­ford Bridge.

“The club knows my opin­ion. I think we need some­thing else for our char­ac­ter­is­tics,” Sarri said when asked if he would con­sider re­call­ing on-loan for­wards Michy Bat­shuayi and Tammy Abra­ham.

Quizzed on the pos­si­bil­ity of sign­ing a new striker, he made it clear the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with owner Ro­man Abramovich.

“It de­pends on the board, not on me,” the Ital­ian said. “I have to think of my re­spon­si­bil­ity with the train­ing. I have to try to im­prove my play­ers in the of­fen­sive phase.

“We played a good match for 80 me­ters, then we were in trou­ble in the last 20 me­ters. We have to try to solve the prob­lem.”

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