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Sarri still targeting top four despite slip up against Wolves

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Confident mood: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri
Confident mood: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri

By Matt McGeehan

Maurizio Sarri is confident Chelsea will claim a Premier League top four place despite ruing a missed opportunity in yesterday's 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Eden Hazard's goal in the second minute of stoppage time cancelled out Raul Jimenez's opener as Chelsea earned a draw to move within four points of Tottenham in the four-way battle for two Champions League qualification places.

The Blues have a game in-hand, but could not capitalise fully on Spurs' loss at Southampton on Saturday, and now have nine games to play in their bid to seal a top four spot.

"When you have to play only 10 matches, every match you're not able to win is a missed opportunity," Sarri said.

"In the last six matches, we won four matches and drew the other two. So there is a little consistency in this moment.

"We have one match in hand, so we have to have be confident."

Hazard's timely intervention saved Chelsea, but the forward was not spared Sarri's criticism.

He added: "Hazard is a great player who can solve the situation in any moment, but during the match he was like the other players.

"He needs more movement without the ball, not only when it is at his feet. But this is the same for all the players today."

Sarri said Chelsea were "unlucky" to fall behind to Jimenez's goal and Nuno Espirito Santo was not too downbeat at the late leveller.

The Wolves boss said: "Not disappointed.I'm very proud of the way we played today."

Nuno was frustrated that Wolves conceded the corner which led to a defensive lapse and the equaliser.

He added: "At a set-piece we always try and be well organised because we have time. We have to be in the right positions, so something was missing there.

"A player should be in a better position to avoid that situation."

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Kante, Jorginho (Willian, 72 mins), Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek, 56 mins), Pedro (Hudson-Odoi, 61 mins),Higuain, Hazard. Unused subs: Barkley, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen.

Wolves: Rui Patricio, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Jonny, Jimenez (Traore, 89 mins), Jota (Gibbs-White, 82 mins). Unused subs: Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa, Ruddy, Ruben Vinagre, Kilman.

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