Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has twice complained about the lack of mental strength in this Chelsea team, especially after the defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City, where Chelsea lost 4-0 and 6-0 respectively.
Chelsea started out the season in good form, winning and dominating games and the Blues remained the last team to lose a game in Europe’s top five leagues this season. At the start of the season, Sarri-ball was appreciated by many, and Sarri’s side were heavily involved in the title until the defeat to Tottenham in November.
Chelsea’s performance has dropped since the defeat to Spurs, and the Blues have now dropped out of the top four. Chelsea currently sit in 6th position, after three consecutive away defeats that saw the Blues concede 12 goals and score none.
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has hailed the character following their performance in the 2-1 win against Malmo in the Europa League in the team and has admitted that the squad doesn’t like losing.
Zola said: “The characters in this group, like the one I had in my time as a player, don’t like losing. Maybe they show it in a different way, but it is wrong to make comparisons like that. We don’t like losing and they reacted on Thursday and they continue to react.
“It would be good if we could react more as a team, rather than individuals, because I think even against Manchester City we reacted, yes, but we reacted individually. There were players who were taking the responsibility and they wanted to change the situation on their own, but what we are building here is a philosophy of playing and we need to learn to react all together.
“It is not enough that one player gets the ball and tries to beat two players. That’s not the way we win games in the way we are trying to play. We just need to get this understanding of working together, reacting together, pressing together. That is the way to win games in the way we play.”