Maurizio Sarri criticises Chelsea strikers and shares what they are doing wrong

Maurizio Sarri wants more consistency from his Chelsea forwards — despite five wins in their last seven games and 16 goals scored in that period.

The Blues boss takes his side to Everton on Sunday looking for a result that will ramp up the heat on Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for the top four.

Sarri said: “We are looking more consistent in terms of defensive solidity, first of all. We are more consistent with our results, but not at the moment with our performances, especially in the offensive phase.

“Sometimes we have played with very good quality going forward, sometimes not. We need to start attacking well in every match. Sometimes we are not moving off the ball, sometimes we don’t attack balls in the box very well, and sometimes we don’t attack spaces behind the line.

Sarri rattled off a series of things Chelsea’s attacking players are failing to do
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“We need to have consistency in this.”

Sarri expects to have on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain back after he missed the Europa League trip to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev through illness.

The Blues comfortably won 5-0 on the night to progress into a quarter-final next month against Slavia Prague, with stand-in striker Olivier Giroud scoring a hat-trick. But Sarri is still banking on Higuan’s return at Goodison Park.

Higuain is likely to play against Everton after being too ill for the Ukraine trip in midweek
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The Italian coach said: “I think and I hope he will be available. He had stomach ache and a fever but not a serious injury.

“The match against Everton will be a very important match for us. Unfortunately it’s a very difficult match.

“I didn’t expect the race for the top four to be this close. But it can happen, however, because the standard is very, very high for two or three teams and it is really very high for the next three teams.

“As we can see in the Champions League and Europa League, England is the only country with six teams in the last 16. So we can understand very well how difficult the Premier League is.”

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