Maurizio Sarri
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the warm up ahead of the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says he didn’t attack his player as even his players agree with his public complaints about their lack of motivation.

After a 2-0 Premier League loss at Arsenal on Saturday, Sarri admitted he was “extremely angry”

Chelsea plans to make a statement with hosting of  Tottenham in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final next Thursday.

“I didn’t attack my players. I told only my opinion about our problems,” Sarri told reporters ahead of the Spurs tie as quoted by FourFourTwo.

“But I wanted them [to] realize the problem. But I think it’s my job.

“Of course, I have the responsibility also of the mental point of view, so the performance was my fault, of course. But I said I am in trouble because it’s very difficult to motivate them, but I didn’t want to attack them.

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“I don’t know why [motivating his team is hard], otherwise it would have been easy for me. I don’t know exactly the reason, or maybe there are 100 reasons.

“It’s difficult, but we have to try something to improve in this. We are changing something in training, something in pre-match.

“We are trying to do our best, of course. But, for us, it’s a problem – not always, but even in some very important matches. So it’s really very strange.

“When you play against Arsenal or Tottenham, you usually arrive at the match with a very high level of motivation and determination, but we made mistakes also in this kind of match.

“So it’s very strange and we need to improve. But they agree with me. I discussed with the players after the match, and I said to them the same things as in the press conference. It’s not a big problem. I want to be direct with them in private and in public.”