Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri held crisis talks with his players at the clubs training ground yesterday, according to reports in the media.
All is clearly not well at Chelsea, Sarri ripped into his players following the 2-0 loss at Arsenal on Saturday stating that his players will never be known for its “fighting qualities” and of being “not particularly aggressive from the mental point of view.”
The Chelsea players are known for flexing their muscles and utilising their “player power” to get rid of managers, Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas being just two examples, however, it is thought that Sarri still retains the confidence of the players and there is no suggestion yet that they want him removed.
Players not happy with Hazard being used as a false number 9
That said, there is still concern with some of the Italians tactical decisions, especially the use of Eden Hazard as a false number nine.
One positive note for both the players and management is the imminent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain, though the problems run far deeper and the signing a 30-year-old player on loan is probably not going to solve the issues currently plaguing the club.
Higuain set to sign for Chelsea this week
Sarri is clearly irritated with the mentality of the players and he has basically admitted that he is unable to motivate them to be more aggressive and unless results get better soon, starting with the Carabao Cup second leg against bitter rivals Tottenham, then the situation at Stamford Bridge will only get worse.