Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea manager accepts blame for Bournemouth defeat


"I admire anybody that is doing it for the right reasons, but he is only 18 and is integrating into the first team".

It was only the second time since the Premier League began in 1992 that Chelsea have suffered a four-goal defeat and the first since a 5-1 loss to Liverpool in 1996.

The second half was a horror show as Joshua King scored twice either side of one for David Brooks with substitute Charlie Daniels completing the rout in stoppage time.

Maurizio Sarri insisted that there was nothing wrong with Callum Hudson-Odoi after his absence from the Chelsea FC squad for their 4-0 loss at Bournemouth.

They are now only two points ahead of sixth-place Manchester United, while Arsenal have snuck into fourth on goal difference. I was going to say better players but I don't think that was quite possible.

The Leicester game was the first time we have seen signs of cracks from Liverpool, but this is natural as the finishing line gets closer - football players are human beings and doubts will inevitably creep in.

"It's very hard to understand the performance".

Elsewhere Chelsea were humiliated away at Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Watford and Southampton and Crystal Palace shared a point apiece.

Tim Bridge, director in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: "As we approach a decisive phase of the season, Premier League clubs' January transfer spending has been relatively muted in comparison to what we have seen in previous years". To lose 4-0 as Chelsea players is unacceptable.

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"I want to try again tomorrow because we want to solve the problem", the Italian continued.

"It's his job to motivate the players".

Several aspects of that plan were in need of improvement, he said.

"I'd be astounded if Liverpool bought anyone to go straight into their first team". He said: "I think that he is changing". In public, it is not the done thing, for me.

But, in a fine performance, Brooks took his Premier League goal involvement to 10 with a goal and assist as Bournemouth put Chelsea to the sword.

Sarri has attracted criticism for deploying Eden Hazard as a striker and N'Golo Kante - so effective as a defensive midfielder - in a more attacking role.

If he gets sold and he gets £35m for Chelsea, I suspect he's paid back something of what he owes there.

"The guy you expect to help - N'Golo Kante - isn't deployed where you would want him, in front of the back four to stop the opposition getting opportunities".

"It is a odd situation".