Sarri hints at the need for Chelsea to sign attackers in January

Sarri hints at the need for Chelsea to sign attackers in January

"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.

"We have to try to solve the problem of the last 15, 20 metres".

The tepid and one-paced performance raised more questions about the need for a top-class striker on a day they splashed out £58 million (S$99.7 million) on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic. I have to try to improve my players in the offensive phase.

Chelsea have struggled in the striking department during the ongoing campaign with the front duo of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud managing just a combined six goals in the top-flight.

For Southampton, they kept their first clean sheet in 11 Premier League games but still dropped into the bottom three as they fall below Burnley into 18th after the Clarets' 2-1 win at Huddersfield. In the last few matches we were in control against every team but at the moment it's not easy for us to score the first goal.

Looking more vibrant back in his favoured role, Hazard made a fine run that opened up the Southampton defence, yet his fierce drive was well saved by Gunn, making his Premier League debut after his close-season move from Manchester City.

Speaking after the game, Sarri admitted that his team need to address their attacking deficiencies, citing their lack of cutting edge in the final third. He told the club's website: "Teams are coming here and sitting back and it's hard to break them down, because it's so tight".

The hosts wanted a late penalty as Marcos Alonso went to ground under a challenge from Shane Long, but referee Jonathan Moss was not interested in Chelsea's appeals.

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