The Blues stumbled to a large defeat against a mid-table team with Gonzalo Higuain having a dull Premier league debut.
AFC Bournemouth displayed a stunning performance on Wednesday to rout Chelsea 4-0 at Vitality Stadium. A brace from Joshua King and a goal each from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels handed Chelsea their biggest defeat since 5-1 loss to Liverpool in 1996. Following the game, the Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri spent almost an hour locked inside the dressing with players discussing about what exactly went wrong on the pitch.
In the post-match conference, the Italian revealed what he said to the players in the dressing room.
“In that moment, I wanted to talk with them alone, without anybody else, as I said before, I needed to understand. It’s impossible to play in such a different way between the first and second half.”
“I don’t understand why. I don’t know exactly. I want to try again tomorrow because we want to solve the problem. 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,” said Sarri.
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The Italian also mentioned that his team was lacking motivation in the second half which was the main reason behind conceding four goals.
“At the moment, they are able to react very well always against a big team, When we play against a big team, usually we are able to play with a very good level of motivation.”
“But I think that, in this match, the problem was different. In the first half, I saw a team with a very good level of motivation and determination. Then, suddenly after the first goal, we were not able to play. It was a different situation. Of course, about the mentality, something different.” added Sarri
The London based side now sits on 5th place with 47 points while Bournemouth is on 10th place with 33 points. The Blues will surely try to get themselves back on track against Huddersfield Town on Saturday while AFC Bournemouth will face Cardiff City on the same day.