File photo of Maurizio Sarri. Photograph:( Reuters )
Cesc Fabregas' transfer to AS Monaco has left Jorginho as the only player Sarri considers capable of playing at the pivot position in his preferred 4-3-3 formation.
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has requested a replacement for Cesc Fabregas after his side's 2-1 Premier League victory over Newcastle on Saturday.
Spanish midfielder Fabregas has completed the transfer move to French club AS Monaco on Friday.
The move has left Jorginho as the only player Sarri considers capable of playing at the pivot position in his preferred 4-3-3 formation.
While speaking to media, Sarri said, "As you have seen today, today Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn't a player for that position, so I need a player for that position. I need an option for Jorginho."
Sarri also added that he has "no idea" when the club will get a suitable replacement.
"The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there, so it depends on the club decision I think. I cannot do anything more," Sarri added.
Apart from talking about the transfer activities, Sarri has warned his Chelsea players to improve their mentality after Willian's sublime strike sealed a hard-fought win over struggling Newcastle.
He told reporters, "Today we started very well I think, for 10 minutes, but after the goal, I think we thought 'now it's easy,' but it wasn't. And so we slept for 20-25 minutes and at the end of the first half, we were in trouble."
"Better in the second half but we need to improve in the mental reaction because, after our first goal, something happened," added Sarri.
Fourth-placed Chelsea extended their advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal to six points.