Maurizio Sarri pointed the finger at Eden Hazard during his 50 minute long dressing room inquest after Chelsea’s embarrassing defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
The Italian kept the players locked in the dressing room after the 4-0 loss, even asking the rest of the coaching staff and physios to leave so he could be alone with the players. Speaking afterwards, Sarri said he ‘wanted to talk to them alone, without anybody else’ as he attempted to ‘understand’ why they had performed so badly in the second half.
Now details of what Sarri said to the squad have started to emerge, with The Telegraph reporting that the Italian singled out Hazard for his role in the defeat.
Sarri accused the Belgian of not following his instructions and playing how he wanted to, rather than doing what he had been told.
The former Napoli boss hinted at his unhappiness with Hazard’s recent displays earlier this month, saying he was ‘more an individual player than a leader.
’ He continued: ‘For him it’s very difficult to play in only one position. He likes to go to the ball, he wants the ball on the feet, so I think it’s very difficult to play as a striker but also as a winger.
‘But I think we also have to organise the other 10 players in the defensive phase because he wanted to play everywhere on the pitch.
’ Although Sarri was angry with his side, he conducted his dressing-room debrief in a calm manner and went through all the problems he saw – and asked the squad for feedback – though the mood around training on Thursday was described as ‘business-like’.