Maurizio Sarri has urged Chelsea to be patient with his methods and believes his current struggles at Stamford Bridge mirror the troubles Jurgen Klopp faced during his first season at Liverpool.
Chelsea slipped out of the top four on Wednesday evening after they were hammered 4-0 by Bournemouth – their worst defeat in the league in 23 years.
Sarri has openly admitted that his players are failing to grasp his tactics but more worryingly, the Italian says he is having issues with motivating his squad.
But Sarri is adamant that Chelsea need continuity and has commended Liverpool’s decision to stick with Jurgen Klopp after they finished eighth in the German’s first season in the Premier League.
I want to remember that Klopp in Liverpool was in the middle of the table [in his first season], the situation is clear,’ said Sarri.
There are three teams above the other, in those the coach had five years, the other four and the other three. ‘They were really patient and we need to work to change the mentality and go on.
Sarri also admits he needs to ‘completely change the mentality’ of his players as he believes they are still too used to the style of play implemented by his predecessor Antonio Conte.
I think my football is co-operation so I need to speak to my players and involve them more than I am doing at the moment,’ said the Italian.
We need to improve in the reaction, the offensive phase as we have a lot of individual players, it is not easy to change.
In the last game we built up the action in the first half well, but then we were too tight with the offensive players so it was easy for the players to defend.
We need to stay high and wide. I need to change completely the mentality as they were used to playing in counter attacks, it is a long way i think but I am trying to change the mentality.
I want to score and have the right reaction if we concede a goal. We have to just play. We were in control, we have to start again. We have only to play.