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Sarri reckons Chelsea struggles are due to a lack of ‘aggression’ and determination’

Maurizio Sarri has said that his Chelsea charges need to be more aggressive and determined than they have been at either end of the pitch.

The Italian has come under increasing pressure in recent months due to poor performances and results, losing half of the last eight games his side has played in all competitions.

Sarri cited the packed schedule of fixtures that Chelsea have to contend with as a reason for their recent struggles, with the London outfit competing on four fronts up until this week when they were eliminated by Manchester United from the FA Cup.

‘It’s not easy because we have to play every three days,’ Sarri said at a pre-match press conference.

‘We have no time, but we are trying to solve our problems. We are trying to talk with the players, avoiding some mistakes by [watching] videos.

‘I have to think we are able to improve, and able to improve immediately. The result is not everything. In the last match we played better, especially in the first half.

‘But we have to solve a big problem because we stayed in the other half for 75 minutes out of 90, and we were not able to score. They played only 15 or 16 balls into our box and they scored two goals.

‘We have to solve this problem. It is probably a problem of aggression, determination in both boxes.’

Chelsea face Malmo in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

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