Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea Need 'Something Different' At Striker

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"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.

He made it clear the responsibility for new signings lies with owner Roman Abramovich, saying: "It depends on the board, not on me". I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better my offensive phase in the last 20 metres. "I think we played a very good match for 80 metres of the pitch, then we were in trouble in the last 20 metres". Their next Premier League match sees them host Newcastle on Saturday, January 12.

The Blues are now in fourth place in the table but just three points ahead of Arsenal and six points ahead of Manchester United in the top flight table.

Irrespective of what Higuain has achieved in the past, Sarri's decision to pull out of the player's signature could be a blessing in disguise as the Argentine striker might find the League too hard to withstand just as it is to Alvaro Morata who is yet to score a single goal in five games.

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Hazard looked more vibrant back in his favoured winger role, but failed to torment the Saints once again despite having been involved in seven goals against them in the last six matches in all competitions.

Hudson-Odoi's reservations about signing a new deal at Chelsea relate to the question of consistent first-team opportunities, and Sarri admitted it is hard to balance the developmental needs of the club's talented academy stars with his primary responsibility to keep his team winning.

Despite dominating against Leicester, Sarri's team were beaten 1-0 as they paid the price for lacking the incisive passing and movement needed to break down the visitors' obdurate defence.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes the Blues need to be "like Barcelona" to solve their scoring woes.