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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Sarri wants ban overturned

Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Getty Images
Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Getty Images

Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea need to overturn their two-window transfer ban to be able to catch the Premier League's runaway pace-setters Manchester City and Liverpool next season.

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 the Stamford Bridge boss, with third-placed Chelsea a whopping 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 (on the top two).

"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."

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