LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal consults teammmate Hector Bellerin of Arsenal as he goes down injured during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on January 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Maurizio Sarri’s recent criticism on his Chelsea players after their defeat to Arsenal may backfire, according to Tim Sherwood.

Sarri in his native Italian claimed it was difficult to motivate the team in the course of the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.

And that action didn’t go down well in some quarters with most pundits questioning his tactical changes citing the Blues’ poor run of form with four defeats coming from their last 12 games.

Speaking on Sky’s Debate, Sherwood believes the 60-year-old did himself no favours with his post-match comments.

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“You need your players onside,” Sherwood said. “There’s a possibility he might have lost some of them from that.

“Hopefully for their sake he hasn’t, but I did it myself at Stamford Bridge when I was Tottenham manager and I wish I’d not done it. The results weren’t too bad afterwards, but it was purely to get some frustration out for yourself but it’s not about that.

“It’s about the team, getting the best out of the individual players, and there’s a big game coming up against Tottenham on Thursday and he needs to make sure they’re all pulling in the same direction, because I’m not sure it will have helped.”

Chelsea will be hoping to return to winning ways when they clash with Spurs on Thursday as they bid to overcome the 1-0 first leg deficit.