Melchiot: Chelsea know they need a striker

Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot says the club are aware they badly need a striker.

Melchiot told Talksport he had spoken to the Blues hierarchy during the Champions League round-of-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund.

The Dutchman said: “We had a conversation with some of the people who work for the club and are in charge of getting players in.

“We spoke to them (about needing a striker) and they said ‘We already know’. They know they need a striker. The club knows they need a striker, so I don’t know how long they’re going to wait before taking some action.”

‘A step forward’ for Chelsea

Graham Potter saw Chelsea’s performance against Dortmund as progress despite their 1-0 defeat in Germany.

They need to pull off a second-leg comeback at Stamford Bridge if they are to reach the quarter-finals.

The first-leg loss continued their disappointing run of results under head coach Potter, but they were the better side for much of the match.

Potter said: “Overall, we were pleased with the performance for big parts of the game.

“We need a little bit of luck maybe and I thought we deserved a goal.

“But it’s only half-time and now we look forward to Stamford Bridge. We focus on the positives and it’s a step forward for us.

“The spirit is there in the team. We just need a little bit of luck and we need to carry on the performance level that we had tonight and keep improving. That’s the job.”

Karim Adeyemi scored a brilliant goal for Dortmund just after the hour mark – against the run of play and following a Blues corner at which the offside flag was raised but the referee played an advantage.

Ademyi ran onto Raphael Guerreiro’s flick-on and galloped fully 70 yards, beating Enzo Fernandez in the process, before rounding keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and slotting home.

The lively Joao Felix had two great chances for Chelsea in the first half but could not find the target after linking up with Hakim Ziyech, and then hit the bar after being set up by Kai Havertz.

Chelsea continued to create openings after going behind and were denied by a terrific clearance off the line by Emre Can with 11 minutes remaining.

After Ruben Loftus-Cheek pulled the ball back to Kalidou Koulibaly, keeper Gregor Kobel got a touch to the defender’s shot but the ball was on the way in when Can slid in to hook it away.

And in the final seconds, a Fernandez strike was brilliantly saved by Kobel.