Chelsea vs Frankfurt - Sarri hopes for two new players but stymied by FIFA transfer ban

Posted Thursday, May 09, 2019 by PA

Chelsea vs Frankfurt - Sarri hopes for two new players but stymied by FIFA transfer ban

Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea cannot catch Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Liverpool next season without overturning their two-window transfer ban.

Chelsea will take their fight against FIFA’s two-window transfer embargo to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with head coach Sarri admitting the Blues will struggle to chase next term’s league title without new recruits.

The Premier League club “categorically refutes” FIFA’s latest findings, after the game’s governing body rejected the Blues’ appeal against the transfer embargo for signing underage players.

Chelsea were fined £460,000 for 29 breaches of the international transfer rules on minors, and FIFA threw out the Blues’ appeal on Wednesday.

“It’s very difficult to cover the gap at the moment; we need to work, probably we need to do something from the market,” said Sarri, with third-placed Chelsea 24 points behind league leaders City and 23 behind Liverpool.

“So it’s not easy, because the level of the top two is very, very high. As we can see in Europe so it’s not easy.

“Of course, we have to work and we have to try. In my opinion we can reduce the gap.

“I don’t believe when you buy 10 players, I think that we have to buy only one, two players, otherwise it’s very difficult to improve immediately.

“I think we are a very good team, so we need only one, two players, no more.”

Speaking ahead of the second leg of his side’s Europa League semi-final with Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge, with the two sides locked at 1-1, Sarri added: “Every month I have a report, about the players on loan, we have 45 or 46 players on loan.

“Of course, we need to consider who is ready.

“Two or three of those players are very interesting of course. But we need to consider the level.”

Jurgen Klopp has told Eintracht Frankfurt to channel Liverpool’s never-say-die spirit against the Blues.

Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter has revealed Reds boss and friend Klopp sent him and his squad a message of support ahead of the game.

Liverpool pulled off one of the greatest European comebacks in Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League semi-final second leg win over Barcelona at Anfield, to reach the final 4-3 on aggregate.

And now Klopp and Hutter have urged Eintracht to capitalise on that feel-good win, when facing Chelsea with their Europa League tie in the balance at 1-1 after the first leg.

“Well he wished everything for Eintracht Frankfurt, and I did congratulate him for reaching the final,” said Hutter, of his conversation with Klopp.

“I watched the game and I was really absolutely enamoured with this match.

“If you really believe in something it shows you can put that across to your team.

“His team played really fantastically; they showed passion, they were really brave and had that little bit of luck.

“His team played the way they had all year, and I hope that’s what my team can do.

“Everything is possible. The favourite is Chelsea but once you get this far you want to get into the final.”

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