Sarri: Chelsea need to start scoring now

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the warm up ahead of the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits they need to find a solution to their problems up front as soon as possible ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle

The Blues’ problems up front have become evident over the last month with Sarri even resorting to moving winger Eden Hazard into a false nine role to boost their offence.

Despite Hazard’s strong performances, however, Chelsea have still struggled up front and were unable to capitalise on their opportunities in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday.

Reports are now suggesting that Sarri is looking to bring in his former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for some badly needed firepower.

“We need to score,” said Sarri on the club website.

“We need to solve this problem. In the last match we played very well, with continuity and with a very good offensive and defensive phase, and with a great performance from a physical point of view – the best of the season – but we didn’t score.

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“We have to work and try to solve it as soon as possible.

The Italian also praised the progress of Danish defender Andreas Christensen, who has started their last two games, while giving updates on Antonio Rüdiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“Andreas has improved in defending by looking at the ball. Now he is ready to play,” said Sarri.

“We have a very good option for David [Luiz], for Rudiger. I don’t know about tomorrow because he played 2 matches in three days for the first time this season, as Callum did.

“Callum recovered very well from the first match, yesterday he was a little bit tired but I think that’s normal for the first time in the season when you play two matches in three days. I want to see today the level of recovery.”