Chelsea lost to Arsenal on Saturday evening 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, and Chelsea’s performance was insipid that the players couldn’t register a shot on target until late in the game.
Despite having the bulk of possession, Arsenal were at ease all through the game and Bernd Leno was hardly tested by a tame Chelsea attack.
Sarri went in hard on the players after the defeat, and criticised the players in public, insisting that they are hard to motivate and also questioned their mentality.
Despite the harsh words from the manager, Chelsea defender David Luiz has backed the Italian to succeed at Chelsea and believes the his explosive rant after the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal was a ‘natural’ reaction to a poor performance from the team. Luiz also hailed Sarri for changing the team’s style of play in a short period and thinks that they will improve with time.
“He was not happy, but nobody was happy, so it was normal,” said the Brazilian following the defeat at the Emirates.
“It is our style, it is our philosophy, I think if you asked at the beginning of the season can Chelsea keep the ball you would have said no.
“And now we are able to do that, like the best teams in the world, but then we have to improve our last 25 metres.
“It is part of the process, when you try to do something and this is inside your mind, if you believe in it you can arrive there.
“Because of the results if you start to change and change, you don’t go anywhere. So this is our philosophy, I believe in it, I trust in it, so I just know we have to improve, like every team in the world.
“What Sarri has done until now is unbelievable, amazing, because normally a team to understand this philosophy needs one or two years, like Man City and Liverpool, who are playing very well with the ball now.
“What he has done has been amazing, so we have to try to improve the details now. I don’t think so [that players are turning], everybody is trusting his job and everybody is with him.”
Former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has warned Sarri that criticising the players publicly after the defeat could have a negative effect on the team.
“You can only assume [he’s looking for a reaction] at this point, but I just don’t get it,” Hislop told ESPN FC.
“You can say that in the dressing room to the players in that confined space.
“You can say it in the video session on Monday morning, wherever it is you decide to address these issues.
“From the time you go to the media and say this and put it out in public like that, I can’t see how it does anything but have a negative effect.
“Say it in the dressing room and then go out to the press and say: ‘I love this team, we battled hard.’
“Throw out all the cliches you want, but to do it this way has a bad effect.”