Maurizio Sarri did not hold back in his press conference after his Chelsea side were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night.
The Italian coach, who replaced Antonio Conte in the summer, was furious with his players’ efforts and, via a translator, made it crystal clear that he’s unhappy with their collective attitude.
Sarri said he currently has a group of players who are “very difficult to motivate” before admitting “this is a team that’s never going to be known for its battling qualities”.
These comments left football fans and journalists alike stunned, so lord knows how they must have gone down inside the Chelsea dressing room.
It will be fascinating to see how the players now respond. Either they step it up and start fighting harder, or they lose the will to play for Sarri completely. He’s taken a big gamble, that’s for sure. One that could easily backfire on him.
Jorginho, Chelsea’s £50 million summer signing and a favourite of Sarri’s, was particularly poor against the Gunners.
Football.London handed the Italian midfielder a 3/10 rating, adding: “Aaron Ramsey was the man tasked with tracking the Italy international and it worked well for the Gunners in the first half, with Jorginho having no time on the ball.
“Had more space in the second half, trying to set more tempo in defence and create more of a press. However, on the ball he wasn't able to really cause any problems for Arsenal.”
Indeed, it seems that without time and space, Jorginho often struggles - especially in the big games.
BT Sport pundit and Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand singled Jorginho out for criticism after Chelsea’s latest defeat.
But it was hard to disagree with his honest comments.
“Jorginho is someone who sets the tempo of the game. You get the ball to him through the middle third of the pitch, he’s very good,” he began.
“How many assists has he got this season? Around 2000 passes, no assists.
“He’s not a great defender. Once again, in a game like this against a big team, he gets overrun in midfield.
“He can’t run.
“So, he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything at the other end of the pitch.”
Watch Ferdinand's comments in full here...
Martin Keown and Ferdinand both argued that N’Golo Kante should be playing in Jorginho’s position, especially in a match against a fellow ‘top-six club’.
Indeed, Kante - who won back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea a couple of years ago - would surely be a better option in the heart of the Blues’ midfield in the big matches.
Players are afforded far less time and space in the Premier League as opposed to Serie A, and the sooner Sarri accepts this the better it’ll be for Chelsea.