Sarri accuses his players of lacking motivation against Arsenal
Maurizio Sarri accused his players of lacking motivation and determination in wake of Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday night.
Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring with a thumping finish and Laurent Koscielny met Sokratis’s cross with his shoulder to make it 2-0 for the hosts.
Marcos Alonso hit the post with his header in the dying stages of the first half and Chelsea looked more in control of the game in the second half but they never really threatened to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
Sarri appeared in a post-match interview on BT Sports with an interpreter to communicate his disappointment.
“I’m really angry about the approach that we adopted today,” he said. “I understand that against strong teams you can find yourself in difficulties from time to time but we have to react a lot better.”
Having delayed his television interview to undertake a lengthy post-match address in the away dressing room, the former Napoli boss continued: “Obviously it’s part of my job to talk to the team.
“It’s an approach that we cannot accept. It was the same against Tottenham.
“We thought we’d overcome that problem but it seems to me we are finding it really hard to be motivated, to get ourselves up for these games at times.
“I don’t mind losing but I don’t like losing in this manner.”
In his post-match news conference, again using his interpreter, Sarri was even more scathing.
“I am extremely angry because this defeat was down to our mentality. We played against a team far more determined than we were and this is something I can’t accept,” he said.
“It would appear that this group of players is extremely difficult to motivate.
“When you see this kind of a game, we can’t really talk about tactics. From a technical point of view, the teams are on the same level but they were more determined than us.
“It seems that as a group of players they’re not aggressive from a mental point of view. It’s something difficult to change because you have to influence their mentality and that could take time.”