A furious Maurizio Sarri last night launched an astonishing attack on the mentality of his Chelsea players, saying they are “extremely difficult to motivate” after their abject 2-0 defeat by Arsenal.
The Chelsea head coach switched to his native Italian for his post-match press conference after saying that he wanted to “send a very clear message” to his players.
Sarri went on to say that Arsenal were far more mentally determined than Chelsea, adding that the players do not have enough “ferocity”.
“I have to say that I am extremely angry,” Sarri said. “Very angry indeed. This defeat was due to our mentality more than anything else. We played against a team which mentally was far more determined than we were. This is something I cannot accept.
“We had a similar issue in the league game at Tottenham Hotspur. We spoke a great deal about that loss and our approach at the time, and I spoke to the players, and I thought we had overcome this issue.