Sarri claims Chelsea stopped playing in the second half

Sarri furious with Chelsea’s second-half performance against Bournemouth

Chelsea slipped out of the top four with a dismal 4-0 defeat away at Bournemouth and manager Maurizio Sarri claimed that his team had “stopped to play” in the second half.

After a goalless first half, the Blues failed to muster any meaningful reply when Joshua King put the hosts in the driver’s seat just 90 seconds into the second half.

Brooks scored the Cherries’ second, King completed his brace and Charlie Daniels capped off a massive victory for Eddie Howe’s side with a goal in second-half injury time.

And Sarri was left fuming by his team’s calamitous display in the second half after a decent first-half performance.

“It’s very difficult to have an idea of the performance. We played very well in the first half,” he said

“In the second half, we conceded the goal after two minutes and stopped to play. In the offensive phase, we played not as a team, but as individual players and did not defend. It’s hard to understand why.

“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 [Thursday] because I need to understand why, because I need to solve this problem.”

“Maybe we are not in the top four of the Premier League at the moment, but we are competitive,” he said after his team slipped to fifth, below Arsenal on goals scored.

“We cannot lose 4-0 against Bournemouth. I want to respect Bournemouth, and you know I like very much the coach Eddie [Howe], but it’s impossible to lose 4-0 here.”

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