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Maurizio Sarri says he is keen to bring in a new signing in the January transfer window but has warned spending money will not solve Chelsea’s problems.
The former Napoli coach made it clear he will need time, rather than money if he is to hoist Chelsea back into contention as title challengers and has pointed to Pep Guardiola’s early toils at Manchester City as evidence that patients will be key.
Sarri made only one significant outfield signing in the summer with the addition of Jorginho to his midfield and have been linked with a move for a new striker with the likes of Mauro Icardi tipped to make the switch to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues went 18 matches unbeaten at the start of the season before their loss at Tottenham, but have now lost two of their last three Premier League matches after their midweek defeat at Wolves.
Chelsea hosts Manchester City on Saturday and knows they will drop 13 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side if they lose at Stamford Bridge.
When asked if he had to spend money in the market to close the gap on City, Sarri said: “Not always. We need to work and improve. We need to understand the style of play.
“We need to change mentality – not because the old mentality was bad but it is not suitable with the new way of playing. Then after all this, maybe you need one player.
“But you cannot think you can buy 11 new players without problems. Then the problems will be the same. You have to create a new mentality and style of play.
“We need to arrive at 95 per cent of our potential, then we can get the last five per cent with a new player.”