Chelsea suffered a surprise 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday night, a result which means Chelsea slipped to fifth in the Premier League table and out of the Champions League places.
Gonzalo Higuain made his Premier League debut in the game and failed to register a shot on target against Bournemouth before Olivier Giroud replaced him after 65 minutes.
Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes Chelsea’s defeat to Bournemouth was embarrassing for Sarri.
“That was an embarrassing defeat for him and embarrassing performance,” Shearer said on Match of the Day.
“When your backs are against the wall, you are looking at your team saying ‘come on, give us something’.
“He’s looking at his team again tonight, for the second successive league game.
“He’s come out again tonight saying he’s finding it difficult to motivate these players. Well that is his job to motivate these players.
“He’s now got his man in, in (Gonzalo) Higuain, so it has to improve and they now find themselves outside of the top four. It’s got to improve, massively.”
The loss to Bournemouth was Chelsea’s heaviest defeat in all competitions in over 17 years and Sarri blamed the mentality of the players for the loss to Bournemouth.
“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,” Sarri said.
“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.”
Sarri also rebuffed claims that Chelsea are an easy team to beat.
Sarri said: “No we are not an easy team I don’t think. We played a very good first half with some problems in the offensive phase. We had many players with their back to the opposing goal. We need more movement, otherwise the striker it will be difficult.”