Willian gem sinks Newcastle as Chelsea cement fourth place

Willian- Chelsea reject Barcelona bid for Willian – and offer of Brazilian forward Malcom

Willian- Chelsea reject Barcelona bid for Willian – and offer of Brazilian forward Malcom

Once again, Sarri stubbornly stuck to his experiment with Eden Hazard as Chelsea's central striker despite the Belgian star's dislike of the tactic.

After the match, Sarri revealed he wants a replacement but is uncertain if, or when, a new recruit will arrive.

The Brazilian forward, linked with a move to Barcelona before the transfer window closes, curled the ball past Martin Dubravka shortly before the hour to move his side six points in front of fifth-placed Arsenal.

The 30-year-old showed his value to Chelsea by scoring his side's victor against Newcastle to give Blues a six-point cushion over fifth-placed Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification.

"Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn't a player for that position".

"The club knows very well my opinion". It depends on the club decision.

Sarri on Friday insisted it was "impossible" to lose Willian, who has 18 months remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, and he repeated his view on Saturday. "I can not do anything more".

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"You know very well that Willian for us is really a very important player, as I said [on Friday] in the press conference", Sarri added.

Sarri, though, pointed to the importance of wingers, including Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is wanted by Bayern Munich, rather than the need for a striker.

I have no idea [how soon a replacement will arrive].The club is anxious, I don't know. So we need Pedro. "You are trying to let me speak about something I don't know". We need [Hudson-Odoi]. We need Willian of course.

Despite his side's victory, Sarri again bemoaned his side's mentality - a frequent complaint this season - for apparently being complacent after Pedro's opener.

However, they were pegged back on 40 minutes as Newcastle took advantage of a good spell to make it 1-1 with Ciaran Clark heading home from a corner.

"After the goal, I think we thought "now it's easy", but it wasn't", he said. "In the last five matches for us it really was very hard to score", he said.

It was just his fifth goal of the season and first in the league since October but Willian told BT Sport: "I think it's always hard in the Premier League". We stopped [playing] for 25 minutes. I'm very happy with result but we need to improve mentally and technically because we lost a lot of the ball in a stupid way.

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