Chelsea lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to Leicester City on Saturday, in what was Maurizio Sarri’s first loss at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were the dominant side in the game but the Blues were stunned when Jamie Vardy struck from his first shot just six minutes after the restart.
After the game, Sarri criticised the character of the players and only exonerated the substitutes.
Sarri believes the 11 players on the pitch didn’t react well after the goal and chose not to blame Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud whom he introduced shortly after the goal.
Sarri said: “I wanted only to be more present, also physically in the other box, but apart from the subs the reaction wasn’t in the right way. If the reaction is like this you can change 11 players, it’s the same.”
Loftus-Cheek now seems to be getting into the team and is also winning the confidence of Sarri.
The 22-year-old has scored six goals for Chelsea this season and now looks like he has usurped Ross Barkley in the pecking order.
Before the game against the Foxes, Sarri was full of praise for the Chelsea academy product.
“He is a very, very good player. Potentially, he’s a great player,” Sarri told reporters at Cobham on Friday.
“And he played seven matches out of seven in the last month. I think four in the starting XI and three off the bench. So I’m really very happy with him.
“He’s improving from the tactical point of view, improving a lot. In the last match he played as a winger. I think, in the future, he will be a midfielder but, sometimes, we need him as a winger. Especially in the last part of the match.
“For example, in Brighton, in the last 20 minutes the match was different so we needed more physical impact. So I think that, at the moment, he’s a very important player for us. In the future, he will be a determinant player for us. More than important.”