MAURIZIO SARRI has begged for forgiveness from Chelsea fans after his side were hammered 4-0 by Bournemouth.
Sarri kept his team in the dressing room for around an hour after the final whistle on Wednesday night.
Chelsea were the better team in the first period but capitulated in spectacular fashion in the second period.
The Italian endured chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” from the furious travelling Blues supporters.
Fans were particularly incensed when new signing Gonzalo Higuain was substituted midway through the half.
The heavy defeat led to Chelsea dropping below Arsenal and out of the top four on goal difference.
Sarri, now under pressure just six months into a three-year contract, took responsibility for the display.
Asked if he was good enough to steer the Blues to success, he said: “Maybe it’s my fault, maybe I’m not able to motivate them.
“But the team are very strong, they are also able to win without the coach.”
His frustration evident, Sarri apologised to supporters ahead of tomorrow’s clash with struggling Huddersfield.
“I didn’t see the signal of my work,” he added. “So I am frustrated.
“I have to try again tomorrow because I need to solve this problem.
“We have only to say sorry to our fans.”
The result was Chelsea’s heaviest Premier League defeat since 1996.
Speaking about the post-match inquest Sarri said: “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.
“In the first half, we could never see that the second half would be a disaster. We stopped playing. We didn’t play like a team. It’s difficult to understand why.
“The players are good enough. Maybe we are not at the top of the Premier League, but we are competitive. We can lose, of course, in every match, but not in this way.”