Maurizio Sarri has once against criticised his Chelsea players after they were hammered 4-0 by Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
The Blues suffered their heaviest league defeat since a 5-1 loss to Liverpool in 1996 as two goals from Josh King and strikes from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels – all in the second half – piled the misery on Sarri.
After the game he was locked in the dressing room for almost 50 minutes, asking the rest of his coaching staff to leave, and when he finally emerged he was livid with his side’s performance.
It is very difficult to have an idea about the performance,’ he explained. ‘I think we played well in the first half, we conceded the goal and we stopped to play. ‘We didn’t play as a team, but 11 players. We were in trouble, it was difficult to say why.
After the first half there was the possibility to solve the problem. Not with that kind of reaction, so it is difficult to understand why. ‘I wanted to try to understand after the match, I spoke to the players but it is difficult for them to say why.
I have to try again tomorrow because I need to see why.’ On why he asked his coaching staff to leave, he added: ‘In that moment I wanted to talk to them alone, without anybody. I needed to understand, it was so different in the first and second half. I want to try again tomorrow.
Asked about the squad’s mentality, he continued: ‘At the moment they can react against a big team, when we play against a big team we can play with a big level of motivation.
But in this match it was different. Suddenly after the first goal we were not able to play. I think it was a different situation. Of course about the mentality.
Maybe we are not at the top of the table, but we cannot lose 4-0 to Bournemouth, I want to respect them. Maybe it is my fault that I am not able to motivate them