Chelsea collapsed in the second-half against Bournemouth as the Blues conceded four second-half goals to suffer an embarrassing defeat away at the Vitality Stadium. There was a closed door meeting between Maurizio Sarri and the players after that defeat, and things were believed to have been sorted out.
However, Chelsea suffered a more humiliating defeat as Manchester City thrashed the Blues 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday – Chelsea’s worst defeat in 27 years. Sarri was enraged after the game that he just walked down the tunnel and refused to shake the hands of City boss Pep Guardiola.
Following the defeat to City, reports claim Chelsea’s players admitted they were ‘stunned’ by Maurizio Sarri’s decision to ignore Gary Cahill during a team meeting.
The 33-year-old has been snubbed by Sarri and has only made seven appearances this season.
Chelsea hero John Obi Mikel recently revealed that the current problem in this Chelsea team is a lack of leadership and strong character – features that were dominant in Chelsea’s team during Mikel’s playing days at Chelsea.
And According to The Sun, Chelsea’s players believe the squad lacks leadership and have made it known that they are puzzled by Sarri’s decision to ostracize the club’s captain.
Cahill, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season, was given permission to leave Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window. But his proposed move to Fulham never came through.
Cahill insisted in September that he is finding it difficult to deal with his current status at Chelsea as a squad player.
“I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes [I might have to leave in January],” Cahill said according to the Mirror.
“Whatever my future holds, in terms of the club, and the relationship I have with the club and the fans, it will have been a huge part of my footballing life. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here.
“I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions and football doesn’t wait for people.
“Sometimes you have to make those decisions to keep going and progressing.
“First of all the team’s doing well which is the most important thing. Having been a big part of things for six years, seven years and played a huge part, not just a squad player, I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation.”
Gary Cahill is the only surviving player from the squad who was part of Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012, apart from David Luiz who left for PSG and returned back to the club in 2016.