Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has claimed that his team needs time just like Pep Guardiola had to turn his team into one capable of battling on all fronts.
Chelsea are coming off a dismal period with back-to-back defeats to both Tottenham Hotspurs and Wolves.
They face Manchester City today in a game which they’d want to win but which they know they’d have a hard time doing.
Defeat means they could find themselves out of the top 4 with Arsenal breathing down their necks.
Speaking before the game, Sarri answered when he was asked if he’d still be with the club come season end: “I don’t know what to answer. I don’t know. What happens if Guardiola had no time in City?
“Maybe the best team in the world wasn’t City in the last year. I don’t know. It’s not my problem. My problem is to improve my players, to solve the situation, to solve problems, to try to gain a lot of points. Then there is the club that will decide what is better for them.”
Chelsea have struggled for goals with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud unable to hit the net consistently, Sarri was asked if he’d be forced to dip into the transfer market. He said: “At the end of the day, I can tell you the position [where I would sign a player],” Sarri added. “But, before, we need the improvement of every player in the team and then, maybe, you are able to know the right position for changing the team.
“At the moment, we have Hazard with eight goals. We have Morata with seven goals, I think in the season, not the Premier League. Giroud with four goals. Pedro with five goals. It’s important to score, of course.
“If you have a player who is able to score every match, it’s really important, but I think that’s impossible. I was really very lucky three years ago in Naples because Higuain scored 36 goals in 34 matches, but that was something exceptional.
“It’s very difficult for a striker to score in every match. Every two is possible. In every match, it’s difficult for everybody. Also for [Mohamed] Salah, but last year he scored 32 goals. So it’s very difficult. If you have a player like this, you are lucky. But if you haven’t a player able to score in every match, you have to do something else.”