Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea’s players are ‘extremely hard to motivate’

Eden Hazard

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has struggled in a false 9 role in recent weeks

Maurizio Sarri will avoid resting a tiring Jorginho because he believes Chelsea are not ready for the tactical change the midfielder's absence would force. Turns out they haven't.

"It seems that as a group of players they're not aggressive from a mental point of view. I'm not happy at all because I prefer to come into the press room and into the changing room to talk about the tactics and why we lost from a strategy point of view, but the fact of the matter is that it would appear that this group of players is extremely hard to motivate".

Sarri was far from finished with the outburst that was reminiscent of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in 2015 over "palpable discord" with his squad.

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has declared he is unhappy at Stamford Bridge 12 months after arriving west London from Emirates. From a technical point of view the teams are on the same level but they were more determined than us.

Chelsea remain fourth in the Premier League, occupying the final Champions League qualification spot, but they are now only three points ahead of both Arsenal and Manchester United. We fear for the players in the dressing room having seen Sarri's body language in his post-match presser. "Instead, we were playing, at some stages, with seven or eight touches".

"We are a team that should be playing one or two touches".

Except for this time, even their manager has come out and seriously questioned the mentality of his players - and that is very worrying for Chelsea fans. Chelsea's first shot on target did not come until the 82nd minute, from Marcos Alonso.

But Higuain previously scored 38 goals in all competitions during the 2015/16 campaign under Maurizio Sarri's management at Napoli.

"I think that we lost it because of our determination". So I think that he's available.

It was lost by halftime. It helped to secure Arsenal's second league win over Chelsea in 15 league meetings, stretching back into Arsene Wenger's reign which ended in May. This is the sort of thing I don't want to happen.

Opting to speak through his Italian translator because he didn't want to make a mistake in his English, Sarri proceeded to throw his players under the proverbial bus before then shifting over them and backing into reverse over their dismantled, lifeless bodies for good measure.

"We have to wait until tomorrow, but first impressions are not positive", Emery said.

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