Dublin: Chelsea players unhappy with Sarri's public criticism


Sarri was left seething with his Blues side, who suffered their heaviest defeat in the Premier League for nearly 22 years at the Vitality Stadium. As quoted by The Daily Star, he said: "He's a good player, I think he wants to play, but he has a lot of competition".

Nathan Ake was one of the key men for Bournemouth at the heart of their defence on Wednesday night as the Cherries thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at Dean Court and it was yet another reminder of the shambolic decision from the London club to let him go.

Maurizio Sarri admitted his Chelsea players could not explain the reason for their second-half collapse against Bournemouth during a lengthy post-match inquest in the away dressing room at the Vitality Stadium.

"Of course, I hope the opposite, I hope he wants to stay here". We have seen similar scenarios manifest themselves at Stamford Bridge in recent years, with the player downing tools under both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. So it's very hard for me to understand why. We need to solve the problem.

Sarri, who has yet to win a major trophy in nearly 30 years of being a manager, also came in for criticism from his own supporters during the defeat at the Vitality Stadium, with sections of the away crowd chanting, "you don't know what you're doing" when he replaced Gonzalo Higuain with Olivier Giroud in the 65th minute with no hint of a tactical change.

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe revealed after the match that part of their game plan was to target Jorginho. "You'll accept that. But when you tell the public expecting a reaction that is not going to help that togetherness they seem to be lacking at the moment".

That leaves a question mark over why Sarri started with Higuain over Olivier Giroud, who brought out the best in Hazard in the Carabao Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur, against Bournemouth.

Chelsea's fans looked on in shock as their team crumbled and when loanee Higuain was hauled off they sang: "You don't know what you're doing" to Sarri.

"We can not lose 4-0 against Bournemouth".

"I feel frustrated. Not under pressure. It is unacceptable for Chelsea and we have to find the solutions", he said.