Maurizio Sarri calls for one-on-one interventions after Chelsea's loss to Tottenham

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Maurizio Sarri had made a surprisingly fast start to the season, with the new Chelsea boss remaining unbeaten in the league for 12 games.

However a humbling 3-1 defeat away at Tottenham, has given the former Napoli boss an abrupt reality check, with midfielder Jorginho in particular, being expertly stifled by Dele Alli.

Despite the Blues still sitting pretty at the foot of the top four, Sarri felt it necessary to address the performance in a rather serious manner.

Rather than a regular team talk, Sarri decided to apply a more personable approach with the players.

"I talked to them player by player. I had a meeting of five or 10 minutes with the individuals, individual meetings with the players.

Sarri applied a unique approach following defeat 

"We should say we have lost just one match after three and a half months. But we have to understand why, especially from the mental point of view."

The Chelsea managers reasoning behind these interventions was simply because he couldn't understand the cause of the problem.


"It's very difficult for me to understand why. We played without determination in such an important match.

"If you don't have determination, you have no motivation. If you have no motivation, maybe you don't have clear targets in your mind. I wanted to understand this.

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The international break was mentioned as a potential reason behind Chelsea's laboured performance, with Sarri claiming the number of English players on Tottenham's books provided a small advantage.

"But I don't know. Maybe for Tottenham it was easier because the players of Tottenham played here in London, played on Sunday (for England).

"On Monday they were all together, but the situation was similar. So, maybe, it can be true. But only for a small percentage, I think.”


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