AFC Bournemouth thrashed Chelsea 4-0 last night and Maurizio Sarri was the least bit pleased with his players, proceeding to throw out the rest of the coaching staff and holding an hour-long inquest in the dressing room with the entire squad.
The Italian manager criticised his players after the 2-0 away defeat to Arsenal as well as few short weeks back, even hiring a translator to prevent any gaps in his comments. After making the press wait for over an hour, Sarri came out and revealed what he talked about with the players.
“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,” Sarri explained.
“I want to try again tomorrow because we want to solve the problem,” the Italian continued. “We have only to say sorry to our fans. We can lose, of course, in every match, but not in this way. We need to solve the problem. We need to understand where the problem is.”
“It’s very difficult to understand the performance. We played very well in the first half, but in the second half we conceded the goal after two minutes and stopped playing. In the offensive phase, we played not as a team, but as individual players, and did not defend.”
“It’s hard to understand why. From what I saw in the first half, there was a possibility to solve the problem. We had 43 minutes still to play, so we could solve the problem. But not with that kind of reaction. So it’s very difficult for me to understand why.”
“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. So I have to try again tomorrow because I need to understand. I need to solve this problem.”