Chelsea missed out on a good chance to boost a top four finish following the defeat to Everton. Chelsea lost to the Toffees 2-0 at Goodison Park with second-half goals from Richarlisson and a rebound penalty from Gylfi Sigurdson.
Chelsea have now lost four games in the last eight games, and Chelsea boss Maurizio was left frustrated on the sidelines as Chelsea struggled to cut open Everton. Chelsea had a bright start to the game but failed to take their chances in the first-half.
However, the Blues collapsed in the second-half and could barely dominate the game and create chances, while Everton were the brighter side and deservedly got the goals.
Sarri changed from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 all to no avail as the change in system didn’t lead to a change in result. Sarri has often been blamed for his Sarri-ball system, but he has blamed the players and believe that their mentality is the problem and not the system.
Asked why they lost, he told Sky Sports: “I don’t know. The players don’t know what happened. At the moment I don’t really explain the change. We played in my opinion the best first half of the season. We could have scored four or five times. Suddenly we stopped to play. It’s very strange.
“We stopped to defend, to counter-attack, to everything. We had only to continue, I think. We were in control of the match. We played very well and needed to continue. At the beginning of the second half we didn’t play. It’s strange. I cannot understand.
“Tactically, if you don’t play, you don’t play. We changed the system but it was the same. It’s very difficult but I think the problem was mental. If you have a mental problem suddenly on the pitch, the system, the tactics is not enough.
“No, it was not at all [that we lacked motivation], we started the match very well with big intensity and strong mentality, I don’t know what happened.”