Angry Sarri repeats claim he can not motivate Chelsea players

Chelsea have backed Sarri by signing striker Gonzalo Higuain, who excelled under him at Napoli, on loan until the end of the season with the option of a 12-month extension or permanent move.

The thing is, Sarri might not have many arguments with the fans.

With the television cameras eagerly awaiting to hear from Sarri after the defeat last night, the Italian stayed in the dressing room for a munch longer period of time than normal after the final whistle.

Sarri kept his Chelsea players locked in the away dressing room for around 40 minutes as he sought an explanation for their second half collapse, before again questioning their mentality in responding to adversity while admitting that he may not be the man capable of motivating them.

Asked if his system has become too predictable and easy to play against, Sarri replied: "No, we are not an easy team for teams to play against".

Joshua King opened scoring for the Cherries with just two minutes into the second half after powering home a powerful shot from close range.

There were echoes in Sarri's comment of something Jose Mourinho said a few days after he was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015.

The future of the 18-year-old at Stamford Bridge has been subject of sharp speculation during the January transfer window, with reports suggesting he could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. "Eden is 28, if he wants to leave, then he should do so". They think I need to mark more, do more here, more than I am doing. We played very well in the first half. "So I am frustrated".

No wonder Sarri said recently, after a 2-0 loss at Arsenal, that Hazard is not a natural leader.

Having started the season in fine fettle under the new management of Sarri, the wheels have well and truly fallen off at the West London club over the course of the last six weeks or so.

They now sit outside of the top four on level points with the Gunners, but with a worse goal difference.

"We knew we had to get Jorginho out of the game", he said.

  • Stacy Allen