Chelsea suffered their worst defeat in about 22 years as the Blues were beaten 4-0 by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.
The defeat was shocking, and worst of all, Chelsea have dropped out of the top four after losing two consecutive games – mounting heavy pressure on Maurizio Sarri as Sarri-ball has been called into question time after time, as Chelsea continue to struggle to create chances.
It was reported after the game that Sarri locked himself in the dressing room with the players for almost 50 minutes, asking the rest of his coaching staff to leave.
Explaining his decision, Sarri said: “I wanted to try to understand after the match, I spoke to the players but it is difficult for them to say why. I have to try again tomorrow because I need to see why.”
On why he asked his coaching staff to leave, he added: “In that moment I wanted to talk to them alone, without anybody. I needed to understand, it was so different in the first and second half. I want to try again tomorrow.”
Reports claim the Italian vented his frustration by locking his players in the dressing room after the game and launching a tirade that lasted close to an hour.
It is believed he questioned why they were choosing to ignore his instructions, while also asking if they have a problem with him following their humiliation on the coast.
The Daily Mail report that Sarri also opted to travel home by car after the match instead of boarding the team bus.
Sarri speaking about the team’s inability to play Sarri-ball, said: “We haven’t even learned the 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.”
A training session was held on Thursday afternoon as doubts continue to mount hard against Sarri’s future as Chelsea boss.
When asked on what went down in the dressing room, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta revealed that the players and the manager spoke to each other 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.
“We spoke and in three days’ time we have another game. We have to be more consistent because 10 days ago we lost against Arsenal, we had a really bad game there, then we played two good games in the cup. To drop back again is really frustrating.
“[The battle for the top four] is very tight. Two weeks ago we were in a better position. We have put ourselves at risk. We are in trouble after dropping six points in the last two games.
“It’s become harder but we have to get the three points on Saturday, there is no other option. The target is to qualify: the minimum we should do is qualify for the Champions League.
“It’s very important, the minimum Chelsea require, and we will fight hard to get that position.”