Chelsea’s 4-0 loss to Bournemouth on Wednesday night was an embarrassing one to say the least – and it marked Chelsea’s biggest defeat in 22 years, since the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool in September 1996.
The loss means Chelsea have now dropped out of a Champions League spot as we have same points and goal difference with Arsenal, but the Gunners have scored ten more goals than Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri slammed the squad’s mentality after the game just as he did following the defeat to Arsenal. He said: “At the moment they can react against a big team, when we play against a big team we can play with a big level of motivation.
“But in this match it was different. Suddenly after the first goal we were not able to play. I think it was a different situation. Of course about the mentality.
“Maybe we are not at the top of the table, but we cannot lose 4-0 to Bournemouth, I want to respect them. Maybe it is my fault that I am not able to motivate them.”
After the game, Sarri locked himself in the dressing room with the players for almost 50 minutes, asking the rest of his coaching staff to leave.
The meeting was said to be intense, and Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta revealed afterwards that they spoke as men and said what needed to be said.
“Afterwards we spoke as men between the manager and the players. We are very angry. It is unacceptable for Chelsea and we have to find the solutions,” he said.
“Conceding four goals is unacceptable, and we are very angry with that. We expected another result. To lose 4-0 as Chelsea players is unacceptable.”
Sarri was eager to know the minds of the players, and wanted to get feedback from his players which was why he had the close door meeting, and, according to The Telegraph, it was suggested that the team’s style is too reliant on Jorginho.
The players seemed to have suggested that Sarri has become too dependent on Jorginho, and that there has to be changes, as teams have come to terms with how Chelsea are playing.
Jorginho has been exposed in a number of games, and our matches seem to be lost or drawn whenever opposition targets the midfielder.
Also, The Evening Standard report that a number of Chelsea players have expressed reservations over Sarri’s training sessions and complained about why they still have to train on the same day of the match.
Despite playing away from home at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening, Sarri still had the players take part in a morning training session the same day – something he often does, though usually when playing at home – and several players felt tired for the game as a result, and also complained about it in the meeting.