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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri publicly criticized his players after the 2-0 loss at Arsenal on Saturday. The loss cut Chelsea’s gap over Arsenal to just three points, which means Chelsea must now start winning games or fail to finish in the top four this season again.

Sarri isn’t the first Chelsea manager to publicly criticize his players as the same method was used by former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. We all know how it ended with both managers.

Former Premier League forward Garth Crooks has now revealed his thoughts on Sarri’s public criticism of the players.

According to Crooks, it’s a dangerous game to publicly criticize your own players. Crooks doesn’t understand why managers criticize players publicly when that can be done in private.

Crooks told BBC: “When is it legitimate for a manager to criticise his players in public?

“Maurizio Sarri felt the time was right after Chelsea’s lamentable performance against Arsenal on Saturday. Both his predecessors at Chelsea, Messrs Mourinho and Conte, had no problem whatsoever telling the media exactly what they thought about their players, whether they were good, bad or indifferent.

“What I’ve never come to terms with is, why? Why is it necessary for managers to criticise players in public when they can do it in private?

“The answer is, of course, when you know certain players are no longer responding to you. Sarri hasn’t mentioned names yet but I will bet a pound to a penny those names will appear in the public domain very soon. Mourinho did it with Pogba at Old Trafford and Conte did it with Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.

“However, it is a very dangerous game they play. Get it wrong and the manager is the one picking up his P45, not the player. Sarri take note.”

Former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop also warned Sarri that criticizing 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.”

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