Hazard Singled Out For Criticism By Sarri After Bournemouth Loss

Gonzalo Higuain will make his Premier League debut for Chelsea
Gonzalo Higuain will make his Premier League debut for Chelsea

02 February, 2019

Under-fire Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri sent a message to his Stamford Bridge bosses by insisting success in English football comes through continuity.

"Then I think that, if he's able to improve physically, he will be able to be useful for us immediately". "I am a dreamer; I want to play my football".

Four second-half goals condemned Chelsea to a 4-0 defeat - their worst in the Premier League since 1996 - and Sarri took the unusual step of sending his backroom staff out of the dressing room to speak to his squad alone for nearly an hour before conducting his mandatory post-match media duties.

The result - a fourth Premier League defeat in 10 matches - saw Chelsea slip to fifth in the table behind Arsenal, but Sarri said he would not be deviated from the plan he is trying to implement.

"In one the coach arrived five years ago, in another three years ago and in the other two years ago".

"They had a plan and were really passionate". Now we have a clearer idea what was said in that room. "Then I can change".

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Higuain had played just 130 minutes of football for AC Milan in 2019 before signing for Chelsea on a lucrative loan deal last week, and after the match Sarri revealed he expects his new striker to take time to regain his rhythm.

Chelsea's board are reportedly unhappy with Maurizio Sarri's decision to criticise his players this season, in addition to his treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi. He is fantastic from the technical view and I think he can do more tactically.

Firstly, they are upset with Sarri's tendency to slate his players in the media. I want first of all to change the mentality. "I have to try again tomorrow because I need to understand why, because I need to solve this problem".

Sticking to the methods that got him this job, Sarri has enjoyed success this season and has a Wembley final to look forward to next month.

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