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Chelsea is now fourth in the table, three points ahead of Arsenal and six up on Manchester United for the last Champions League spot.

"The club knows very well my opinion", added Sarri.

"It's not easy, and I think that we are lucky because we have [Ethan] Ampadu, we have [Andreas] Christensen, we have [Hudson-Odoi], so we are lucky". We have to try to solve the problem.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are amongst the clubs who are interested in signing AC Milan midfield star Franck Kessie.

Quizzed on the possibility of signing a new forward, he made it clear the responsibility lies with owner Roman Abramovich as he said: "It depends on the board, not on me".

With Olivier Giroud sidelined after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's win at Crystal Palace, Sarri opted to recall misfiring striker Alvaro Morata. I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better my offensive phase in the last 20 metres.

"I don't think that's anything new to football, do you?"

Morata has played so badly this season that Sarri had used playmaker Eden Hazard as a false No. 9 recently rather than turn to the Spaniard, who has only seven goals this term.

Reports suggest that the West London club have cooled their interest in the former Real Madrid player.

Higuain is now on loan with Serie A giants AC Milan, with an arrangement in place with parent club Juventus which states he can sign permanently in the summer.

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.

Substitutes Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek then combined to tee up Morata but Gunn blocked his low shot.