Sarri explains why he doesn’t want to buy his way out of defensive worries

Maurizio Sarri would rather improve his players than take the easy option of splashing the cash to solve Chelsea ’s “dangerous” defensive worries.

Sarri’s Blues are unbeaten after 10 league games and just two points off top spot, but he believes they need to tighten up to win anything this season.

Unlike some of his Stamford Bridge predecessors though, the former banker won’t be pestering the board to spend and insists throwing money at your team’s flaws isn’t always the answer.

A fallout over transfers was central to the breakdown of previous boss Antonio Conte’s relationship with the top brass, but Sarri said: “It is too easy to go in the market for every problem.

“We need to improve and we need to improve with these players because they can improve.

“For the market there is the club. I can say to the club my opinion and what I think and what I need but I think that my job is to try to improve my players.

“I didn’t ask anything about it [whether he will have money to spend in January] because at the moment I think we can stay with these players. We are competitive maybe not for the top but we have to try to arrive close to the top.”

Third place Chelsea have conceded seven league goals compared to leaders Manchester City ’s three and second-placed Liverpool ’s four.

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But seeing them go from keeping a clean sheet against Burnley on Sunday to a shaky Carabao Cup display against Derby 72 hours later concerned him.

He said: “It means we are not a solid team at the moment with continuity, and it is dangerous.”

Sarri says Chelsea have the quality in attack to mask their deficiencies but also wants more from his front players to improve their defensive record.

He said: “The quality of the players is very high, so they are able to win matches.

“But for the future we need to become a very solid team because if we want to be competitive or to win something we need to be a solid team.

“We need to improve recovering the ball in the other half, press in the opponents’ half, recover immediately the lost ball. Sometimes we are in the wrong positions, like in the last matches, so it is impossible to recover the lost ball and not to give to the opponents spaces for the counter attacks.

“So we need to improve first in the offensive positions if we want to be solid.”

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