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Maurizio Sarri's training methods are causing concern amongst Chelsea players

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Maurizio Sarri dominated last weekend's headlines after publicly slamming his Chelsea side following a defeat to Arsenal. 

The Italian tactician criticised his players for lacking a strong mentality to get up for the big games and suggested that they'll never be knowns as a squad of battlers. 

It was certainly an astonishing rant, but after some of Chelsea's recent performances, it's hard to blame him for hitting out. 

The Blues have now lost four of their last nine Premier League games and their hold on that final Champions League qualification spot is slipping. 

Sarri has shifted almost all of that blame onto his players for underperforming and struggling to adapt to his style of football.

But according to some new information, the problems may actually start with him and his coaching methods.

A rather worrying report, published in the Evening Standard, reveals that some training sessions are beginning to cause concern amongst Chelsea players. 

TRAINING GROUND PROBLEMS

To start with, the paper suggests that morale at the training ground is steadily declining, due to Sarri's unenthralling methods. 

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"On many occasions, Sarri will split the squad into two groups, with the defence on one pitch and midfielders and forwards on another," it reads. 

That might explain the clear disconnect between defense and attack that's been seen in recent weeks - however, there are other reasons that players are becoming concerned too. 

"In another unpopular move, Sarri also gets the team to train on many match-days when they have a late kick-off," the report continues. 

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"It is how Alvaro Morata sustained a minor hamstring injury which ruled him out of the first leg of their League Cup tie against Spurs."

So as a result of unnecessary extra training sessions, it sounds like Chelsea players are at a big risk of picking up injuries or burning out soon. But, there are even more problems. 

'HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW MY NAME'

"Another issue is that Sarri has made it clear to everyone that he only selects from a small crop when it comes to the League. 

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"It has created an environment where virtually half the squad are participating in training knowing there is little chance of a start at the weekend. It is not exactly a motivational tool.

"One player was heard joking that he was not sure Sarri 'even knows what my name is'."

Wow, that might be the most concerning part of the report. If the Chelsea boss really is creating this kind of nature in training, it's little surprise that his players might not be committed to his philosophy.

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The Standard's report concludes by suggesting that concerns like these are commonplace at clubs across the country. But still, it certainly doesn't make for great reading if you're a Chelsea fan. 

Topics:
Frank Lampard
Football
Maurizio Sarri
Alvaro Morata
Eden Hazard
Premier League
John Terry
Chelsea

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