Sarri goes to war over with Chelsea players, defends his criticism after derby loss
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has made it clear that he will continue to come down hard on his players in public after criticising them for their lacklustre performance against Arsenal.
Sarri accused his players of lacking fight and determination as Chelsea went down 2-0 to the Gunners at the Emirates, with the manager claiming that some of the players are very difficult to motivate.
And the Italian has defended his criticism of the players in wake of the derby defeat, saying that some of the players are sensible enough to understand his words.
“This is my character – I’m a straight talker. Sometimes when you speak that way it might cause some upset or conflict, but it doesn’t cause any lingering bitterness,” he said.
“I said the players are difficult to motivate, but there are players who are sensible, who will listen and won’t take it the wrong way.
“There will be some changes perhaps but no massive upheaval. I’m demanding in the sense that we need the right attitude to have the same or an even better level of determination than our opponents.”
But ex-Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand warned the players would react.
“The WhatsApp groups will be going bananas,” he said.
It didn’t end well for previous Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, both of whom suffered strained relationships with the players after coming down hard on them in public.