X

Tuesday 18
June

Chelsea

Sarri demands new striker

3rd January 2019, 03:56 by Michael Holland

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has hinted at his desire to recruit a striker but says it is down to the board to deliver the goods.

The Blues dropped two points as they were held to a goalless draw against a relegation-threatened Saints side who kept a clean sheet for the first time in 11 Premier League games.

Goalkeeper Angus Gunn, making his Premier League debut, twice denied Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata had a strike ruled out for offside while also missing other opportunities as Sarri finally appeared to lose patience with the misfiring striker at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "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 have to try to solve the problem of the last 15, 20 metres."

Sarri revealed Olivier Giroud's ankle injury is not as bad as first feared, but he dismissed the prospect of recalling Michy Batshuayi from Valencia or Tammy Abraham from Aston Villa.

The Italian suggested his preference was to recruit a new striker, but given Chelsea's board, chiefly director Marina Granovskaia, are responsible for transfers, it is by no means certain Sarri's wish will be granted.

He added: "The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics. I'm not in charge of the market. I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better my offensive phase in the last 20 metres.

"The club knows my position, my opinion. It's up to the board."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

More Chelsea

Chelsea

Chelsea yet to move for Lampard say Rams

18th June 2019, 03:54

Derby insist they want to keep hold of Frank Lampard and say that Chelsea have yet to make an approach for his services.

Chelsea

Chelsea turn down bids for Willian

17th June 2019, 16:16

Chelsea have reportedly turned down offers from both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to sign winger Willian.

Chelsea

Inter chief keen on Cahill

17th June 2019, 16:03

Coach Antonio Conte reportedly wants Gary Cahill at Inter Milan next season as the defender's exit from Chelsea nears.

Chelsea

Lampard keen to force Chelsea move

17th June 2019, 11:52

Frank Lampard is reported to have told Derby County he wants to join Chelsea if he is offered the manager's job.

Chelsea

Sarri swaps Blues for Juve

16th June 2019, 15:33

Chelsea have confirmed that Maurizio Sarri has left the Stamford Bridge and will take charge of Italian champions Juventus.

Chelsea

Barca ace to snub PSG for Chelsea

16th June 2019, 05:45

Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho would turn down a move to Paris Saint-Germain in favour of joining Chelsea, reports claim.

Recent Sport Headlines

Tottenham Hotspur

Lyon set price for Spurs target

18th June 2019, 05:22

Tottenham will have to pay £63million to have any chance of signing Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele.

Manchester United

Toon midfielder subject of Reds bid

18th June 2019, 05:22

Manchester United are ready to launch an £18million bid for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff as they target their second signing.

Liverpool

Ivory Coast ace a top Reds target

18th June 2019, 04:56

Liverpool are reported to have launched a £72million bid to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

Arsenal

Arsenal target Saints star

18th June 2019, 04:42

Southampton defender Matt Targett is on Arsenal's radar as they look to add more homegrown talent to their ranks.

Manchester City

City ace targets more medals

18th June 2019, 04:17

Manchester City star Phil Foden is targeting more medals as England's under-21s prepare to get their Euro 2019 campaign underway.

Chelsea

Chelsea yet to move for Lampard say Rams

18th June 2019, 03:54

Derby insist they want to keep hold of Frank Lampard and say that Chelsea have yet to make an approach for his services.

Norwich City

Norwich star signs up

18th June 2019, 03:41

Kenny McLean has signed a new three-year contract with Norwich following promotion back to the Premier League.

Cycling

Thomas ready for the Tour

18th June 2019, 03:13

Geraint Thomas says the loss of Chris Froome will not affect his Tour de France chances and he is ready to lead Team Ineos.