Sarri admits Chelsea need to improve after disappointing Southampton stalemate

Maurizio Sarri has said that his Chelsea side needs to improve after being held to a 0-0 draw by Premier League strugglers Southampton.

Despite an impressive start to the season, Chelsea have started to drop points of late, with Wolves, Leicester and now Southampton taking points off of the Blues in their last eight league outings.

Despite having 71% possession, and 17 shots, Chelsea came up against a resolute Southampton side, who are enjoying a mini-resurgence after swapping Mark Hughes for Ralph Hasenhuttl last month.

With Manchester United having cut the gap from 11 to just six points in the last two weeks, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri thinks that his side must improve in and around the box.

“I think we played well for 80 metres, then in the last 20 metres we were in trouble. We had four or five goal opportunities but sometimes if you want to have a lot of opportunities you have to score the first goal,” Sarri told BBC Sport.

“We did not move the ball very well and we need to improve. We were playing without important players like Pedro, Willian after 30 minutes, Callum Hudson-Odoi was out. On the bench I only had one offensive player Loftus (Ruben Loftus-Cheek) and he is not very well at the moment with back trouble.”

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