Maurizio Sarri confirms Chelsea's January transfer window plans

After a minor blip in form, it appears Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is now prepared to delve into the transfer market to bolster his squad in January.

The Blues went the first 12 matches unbeaten in the Premier League – but have since fallen to two defeats in their last three matches.

Results against Tottenham and Wolves have left Chelsea ten points behind league leaders Manchester City .

Sarri was questioned as to whether Chelsea had to spend money in the upcoming transfer window to keep pace with City, but denied that was the case.

Sarri said: “Not always. We need to work and improve. We need to understand the style of playing.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri watches on during a training session
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“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 playing.

“We need to arrive at 95 per cent of our potential, then we can get the last five per cent with a new player.”

Sarri casts an eye over Ross Barkley – who was signed last January
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Chelsea broke the world record transfer fee on a goalkeeper for Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer, forking out £71.6m.

In addition the Blues also added midfielder Jorginho from Napoli for £57m, as well as Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid.

But Sarri has said that despite spending big, City manager Pep Guardiola warned him that imminent success was not guaranteed.

Sarri said: “He (Guardiola) said the first season is really very difficult. For him, it was impossible in the first season to improve 20 players.

The Italian has stated he needs more time to improve the current squad
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“He said in the first season, you have to work on only 14 or 15 players, otherwise you are in trouble, because you need too much time to improve all the squad.”

“What happens if Guardiola had no time at City? Maybe the best team in the world wasn’t City in the last year.

“It’s not my problem. My problem is to improve my players and to solve problems.”