Maurizio Sarri admitted summer signing Jorginho was ‘in trouble’ against Newcastle and pleaded with the Chelsea board to sign a replacement for .

Goals from Pedro and Willian saw Chelsea complete a 2-1 win over Rafa Benitez’s side which sent them six points clear of in the race for fourth place ahead of next weekend’s match at the Emirates Stadium.

Jorginho initially impressed at the heart of his new side’s midfield following his summer move from Napoli but has looked lightweight and struggled physically in recent weeks.


The Italy international was jeered by sections of his own support on Saturday following a series of misplaced passes and Sarri admits he is in need of reinforcements following the departure of Fabregas, whose move to Monaco was confirmed on Friday night.

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‘As you have seen Jorginho was in trouble, but I didn’t have a player for that position,’ said Sarri, who is hoping to complete deals for Leandro Paredes and Nicolo Barella.

‘I have no idea [when it will get sorted]. The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there. It depends on the club decision. I cannot do anything more.’

On Chelsea’s performance against Newcastle, he added: ‘I was happy with the result, I was happy with the performance at Tottenham. We started well, but when we scored we felt like it may be easy, it wasn’t.

After the goal something happened, we stopped playing. It was important for points and the goals.

‘It is difficult to understand why we stopped. In the last 5 matches it was hard to score, today we did after nine minutes. We stopped to play and then we had problems.’

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