Maurizio Sarri raged after Chelsea’s poor performance that led to a 2-0 defeat to rivals Arsenal on Saturday and said that his players are “extremely difficult to motivate”.
He also said he was ‘p*ssed off’ and spoke in Italian for the first time since his unveiling at the club in July, as he seemed to be sending a message to his side.
Antonio Conte coached Chelsea before Sarri and his disappointing fifth place last season finish came as he not only had a strained relationship with the club’s board, but also with many of the club’s players.
Sarri doesn’t think it is much of a risk to point fingers at his players, despite the club’s previous accusations of the impact of player power on the high level of hiring and firing of head coaches at Stamford Bridge. He isn’t scared of conflict as he aims to encourage a change in character of his group to improve his side’s chances.
“I don’t know. It is my character, though,” Sarri told reporters at the Emirates Stadium. “I don’t think it is risky. These guys have a sensible head on their shoulders, so I don’t think I am risking anything.
“I said the players are difficult to motivate but by the same token there are players who are sensible, who will listen and won’t take it the wrong way. There might be a slight risk, but I don’t think there is. This is my character – I am a straight-talker.”
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