Chelsea coach, Mauricio Sarri, has refused to take blame for the team’s seventh league defeat of the season at Everton on Sunday. The team lost 2-0 at Goodison Park after an unimpressive second half performance.
The club under the Italian, have won just four out of their 10 Premier League fixtures in 2019. The defeat put the club’s top-four ambition under threat after failing to capitalize on their game on hand.
After the match, Sarri said the defeat was due to the mentality of his players, sayinf it has nothing to do with tactics.
“The problem was mental on the pitch, so the system and the tactics are not important.” he said.
“It wasn’t about motivation because we started very well. We have to play eight matches now and we have to fight for our possibilities.
“I don’t know and the players don’t know what happened in the second half. I cannot explain it.
“We played the best first half in the season and we could have scored four or five and then suddenly we stopped playing.
“It’s very strange and we stopped to defend and counter attack.
“We were in control of the match and we played very well so we needed continue but we didn’t defend at the start of the second half.
“We changed the system but it was the same.”
Chelsea are now three points behind Arsenal, who are currently occupying the last Champions League qualification spot.
With eight matches to go, the Blues may need to focus on the Europa League if they are to return to Europe’s premier competition.