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Chelsea players support Maurizio Sarri after clear-the-air talks in Monday's training

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Following a 2-0 loss to Arsenal last Saturday, Maurizio Sarri came out and publically blasted his Chelsea players post-match. 

"I’m extremely angry, very angry indeed," he began.

"This defeat was due to our mentality. I can’t accept it. It appears this group of players are extremely difficult to motivate.

"These players don't have a ferocity, it's the type of players they are. This is a team that's never going to be known for its battling qualities."

Now, it's not very often that a Premier League manager comes out and criticises his team in front of the press, and there's been speculation from fans and pundits alike about what will happen next. 

Some believe that Sarri was wrong to hit out publically and that the dressing room could turn on him, while others think this will be the push Chelsea need to start battling for their top-four spot. 

Of course, only time will tell what happens - and according to the Daily Mail, Sarri has already taken some steps to ensure that he keeps his players onside for the rest of the campaign. 

CLEARING THE AIR  

The paper reveals that on Monday morning, the Italian boss and his staff held a 'clear-the-air' meeting at the training ground with the players, in an effort to put their season back on track.

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Apparently, part of Sarri's talk consisted of preparations for Thursday's League Cup semi-final, while he also demanded a shift in mentality and a response after the weekend's defeat. 

The Mail goes on to suggest that following the discussion, Sarri still has the support and backing from a majority of his team, even though some individuals have been questioning some of his recent tactical decisions. 

BACK ON TRACK?

So for now, it sounds like the Chelsea boss has the backing of his players.

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But, the Stamford Bridge dressing room has a history of turning on managers, so it will be interesting to see if Sarri can survive what both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte didn't. 

Topics:
Frank Lampard
Didier Drogba
Football
Maurizio Sarri
Antonio Conte
Jose Mourinho
Eden Hazard
Premier League
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