After the disaster that was Chelsea’s painful loss at Bournemouth, manager Maurizio Sarri was fuming and very disappointed after the defeat.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri learned this Wednesday that he made the stupidest mistake of his career by leaving Napoli, the 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth won Wednesday may have been the beginning of the end for him at the Blues.
The constant disagreements with star Eden Hazard was part of the problem, as the Belgian winger offered the worst version of his game that anybody can remember and left the whole squad hanging out to dry.
But add that to the bad decision of bringing striker Gonzalo Higuain to the club during a low point of his career, and you get a result like the one from this midweek fixture against the Cherries.
The Blues’ squad that we all enjoyed at the start of the season is nothing but a long lost memory of the squad that we saw yesterday, Sarri’s face was the vivid representation of a manager who has completely run out of ideas and doesn’t know how to wake up his players at this stage of the season.
The constant public outing of his players doesn’t help one bit, they have already proved that they hate being exposed and Sarri regretted doing so this Wednesday.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 30, 2019
“It’s very difficult to have an idea of the performance. We played very well in the first half,” he said after the loss at Bournemouth via Four Four Two.
“In the second half we conceded the goal after two minutes and stopped to play. In the offensive phase, we played not as a team, but as individual players and did not defend. It’s hard to understand why.”
“We had 43 minutes still to play, so we could solve the problem. But not with that kind of reaction. So it’s very difficult for me to understand why.”
“I wanted to try to understand after the match. I spoke with the players immediately after the match, but it’s very difficult also for them to say why. So I have to try again tomorrow [Thursday] because I need to understand why, because I need to solve this problem.”
“Maybe we are not in the top four of the Premier League at the moment, but we are competitive.”
“We cannot lose 4-0 against Bournemouth. I want to respect Bournemouth, and you know I like very much the coach Eddie [Howe], but it’s impossible to lose 4-0 here.”
“Maybe it’s my fault, maybe I’m not able to motivate them,” he added.
“But the team is very strong, it is also able to win without the coach.”
“I feel frustrated, not under pressure. I don’t see… I didn’t see the signal of my work. So I am frustrated.”
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 30, 2019
After the match ended and Maurizio Sarri was able to speak directly with all his players, the manager reportedly had a very intense talk with everybody but the rest of the technical staff for an hour inside the dressing room at the Cherries’ stadium.
There is still no information about what was said in that meeting, but the people who saw the manager could easily realize that the Italian manager is going through his worst moment at the club and there is no way of knowing what he will decide by the end of the season.
There is a big chance that Sarri is thinking about the reasons he decided to leave Napoli right about now, a place where he literally had it all and was very comfortable with a squad that remained competitive in Serie A despite not winning many titles.
The man now knows that coming to the Premier League may have been a very exciting challenge at the time, but perhaps he didn’t imagine it would be this complicated to keep the squad afloat.
😳 He kicked his coaches out of the dressing room including Gianfranco Zola.
⏰ He was in there with his players for almost an hour.
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 30, 2019
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