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Chelsea lost 4-0 at Bournemouth on Wednesday night and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is now under pressure with Chelsea now out of Champions League places.

Sarri has defended Sarri-ball and insists the players must grasp the basics and work harder to understand his methods.

Sarri’s brand of football has been questioned in recent weeks with Chelsea losing our last two Premier League games.

“We are struggling, above all mentally. We had assumed that we learned a certain style of football, but the truth is we never did learn it and are paying the consequences,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“We haven’t even learned the most basic moves yet. We need to work on the basics, the primary foundations of my football, and only then will we try to change a few things.

“It was a good first half, but we conceded after the restart and then stopped being a team. We stopped attacking or defending as a team, we did everything individually.

“I don’t understand why that happened, because we had 45 minutes to go and could comfortably have turned the situation around if we’d kept our focus.

“Every now and then this team reacts in a way I cannot decipher, so that creates some uncertainty.

“Perhaps some of the steps were inevitable, but we need to understand why we have these mental black-outs and what we can do to stop them.”

Chelsea have struggled in front of goal this season with the Blues being the lowest scoring side among the top six team. Gonzalo Higuain joined from Juventus this January to solve Chelsea’s goalscoring problem but Higuain did not look like a striker who was going to immediately change Chelsea’s fortunes in front of goal against Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Sarri insists Higuain will hit top form when his fitness improves.

Sarri said: “Higuain can improve a great deal. At this moment, he is not in good shape, probably because he has played very little recently between transfer market distractions and back pain. He can grow a great deal over the next few weeks.”

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