Following Chelsea’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri questioned the mentality of the players and insisted it was hard to motivate his players.
According to Standard Sport, many Chelsea players aren’t thrilled by Sarri’s methods.
Things are reportedly too predictable under Sarri and there is nothing about the Italian’s tactics, style of play and even substitutions which takes opponents by surprise at the moment and this predictability is also affecting the players.
The report also claims morale among the players is in steady decline, noticeably around the training ground and the monotonous and repetitive training sessions aren’t helping the mood in the training ground.
A source told Standard Sport that Sarri splits the squad into two groups, with the defence on one pitch and midfielders and forwards on another during training sessions. Could this explain the disconnect in the team from back to front during the loss at Arsenal?
Sarri also gets the team to train on many match-days when Chelsea have a late kick-off and this move is very unpopular among the players. It is how Alvaro Morata sustained a minor hamstring injury which ruled him out of the first leg of their League Cup tie against Spurs 13 days ago.
The problem with training in the morning when there is a match later in the day is that it affects energy levels and this is something the players could do without. Could this explain why the players struggle to press as a unit during games?
Sarri only selects a small group of players for league games and this has created an environment where virtually half the squad are participating in training knowing there is little chance of a start at the weekend. Sarri complained about the players being hard to motivate but training all week when you know you have little chance of playing won’t motivate any player to train hard.
Sarri’s lack of rotation forced Cesc Fabregas out of Chelsea and this could also force a number of other players to leave the club too. Don’t expect Sarri to change his lack of rotation at Chelsea because he was renowned for his lack of rotation at Napoli, too.
Standard Sport also claimed a Chelsea player was heard joking that he was not sure Sarri “even knows what my name is”.
Chelsea defender David Luiz revealed after the loss at Arsenal that the players are behind Sarri.
“I think everybody is trusting his job and everybody is with him,” Luiz said.
“What Sarri has done at the moment is unbelievable, it’s amazing, because normally a team to understand this kind of philosophy needs one or two years.”
Whether every Chelsea player will agree with Luiz is open to debate.