Maurizio Sarri in scathing attack on Chelsea stars in 50 minute dressing room inquest after Bournemouth loss… as furious manager snubs team bus to travel home by car
- Maurizio Sarri didn’t travel home with Chelsea squad after loss at Bournemouth
- It is a further sign of the disharmony between the head coach and his squad
- The 4-0 humiliation was Chelsea’s worst Premier League defeat since 1996
- The Italian’s job is now on the line following the heavy loss on the south coast
- READ: Sarri leads to Chelsea’s worst loss in 23 years, so how long has got left?
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri did not travel home from Bournemouth on the team coach on Wednesday night after accusing his players of ignoring his instructions.
Rather than join the squad on the team bus, a visibly dismayed Sarri was driven back to London.
Sources claim this was so he could study why his tactics are not working away from the noise of the team, but his unusual decision could indicate a disharmony between the head coach and his players.
Maurizio Sarri travelled back from Chelsea’s humiliation at Bournemouth on his own
The 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth was Chelsea’s worst Premier League defeat since 1996
CHELSEA’S LAST FIVE LEAGUE RESULTS
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Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle
Chelsea 0-0 Southampton
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In a 50-minute dressing room inquest on Wednesday night after the 4-0 loss at Bournemouth, Sarri asked his under-performing stars if he was the reason why their form has declined alarmingly. It was Chelsea’s heaviest Premier League defeat since 1996.
The Italian asked his coaching staff, including assistant Gianfranco Zola, to leave the dressing room so he could speak to his players alone.
Sportsmail understands Sarri did not lose his temper or raise his voice but the players were left in no doubt as to how angry he was with their performance.
He demanded to know why they had not followed his instructions, citing examples of moments in the game when he believed players were not sticking to his gameplan. Sarri asked the squad why they appeared to disregard what they had worked on in training and seemed unable to execute the basics of his tactical plans.
He also invited his players to tell him if there was anything he was doing that meant they were not responding to his methods. During his post-match press conference Sarri questioned his own ability to motivate the squad.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta said: ‘Afterwards we spoke as men between the manager and the players. We are very angry. It is unacceptable for Chelsea and we have to find the solutions.’
David Brooks scores Bournemouth’s second goal against Chelsea on Wednesday evening
The Chelsea players traveled back from the Vitality Stadium on the team coach without Sarri
The players have private concerns about Sarri’s lack of tactical adaptability. Having gone 18 games unbeaten at the start of Sarri’s reign Chelsea have now won only one of their last five league games.
Senior members of the squad believe their Premier League rivals have cottoned on to how they play and worked out how to nullify Sarri’s system. The former Napoli boss has been so focused on impressing his Sarri-ball style on the squad that players feel they do not have a plan B.
Chelsea were back in training for a light session on Thursday afternoon, Sarri using the opportunity to have another debrief.
Sarri asked his coaching staff to leave dressing room post-match so he could talk to his players
Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that the Italian’s job is on the line. The Blues’ top brass are yet to be convinced that Sarri has a long term future at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea fans at the Vitality Stadium turned on Sarri, chanting: ‘You don’t know what you’re doing.’ Among other issues, supporters are unhappy that N’Golo Kante — Premier League player of the season when Chelsea won the title in 2016-17 — is being played out of position to accommodate Jorginho as the midfield fulcrum.
Brazilian Jorginho has made more passes than anyone in the Premier League but is yet to register a single assist.
Concerns from players and fans will only serve to increase the pressure on Sarri. Chelsea are level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal and face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.
This month could define Sarri’s future with Premier League games against Huddersfield, Manchester City and Tottenham, a two-legged Europa League tie against Malmo, the FA Cup fifth-round clash with Manchester United and the Carabao Cup final, also against City.