Maurizio Sarri has continued his scathing attack on his Chelsea flops insisting they haven’t even grasped ‘the basics’ of his Sarri-ball style football.
The angry Italian staged a dressing room inquest after last night’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth . He then went public on his criticisms, demanding his men improve their mentality.
Sarri made his name on the slick passing play christened ‘Sarriball’. During Wednesday night’s remarkable surrender on the south coast, however, Chelsea could find little end product.
Sarri has since been vilified with critics accusing him of not having a plan B and playing players out of position. Star midfielder Eden Hazard has also suggested there is a lot of repetition in training.
But in a high-risk strategy, defiant Sarri 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.
“We are struggling, above all mentally. We had assumed that we learned a certain style of football, but the truth is we never did learn it and are paying the consequences.
“It was a good first half, but we conceded after the restart and then stopped being a team. We stopped attacking or defending as a team, we did everything individually.
“I don’t understand why that happened, because we had 45 minutes to go and could comfortably have turned the situation around if we’d kept our focus.
“Every now and then this team reacts in a way I cannot decipher, so that creates some uncertainty. Perhaps some of the steps were inevitable, but we need to understand why we have these mental black-outs and what we can do to stop them.”
Roman Abramovich is set to back Sarri with time but the manner of the team’s capitulation has stunned the club’s hierarchy.
The defeat saw Blues fans vilify Sarri with chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ when he replaced new signing Gonzalo Higuain with Olivier Giroud in the 64th minute.