Maurizio Sarri says he ‘cannot explain’ Chelsea’s second-half collapse against Everton on Sunday.
Sarri’s side had dominated the first period at Goodison Park, but a poor second half showing saw them beaten 2-0 on Merseyside, goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson condemning Chelsea to a seventh league defeat of the season.
The defeat saw Chelsea miss the opportunity to go level with fourth-placed Arsenal, with the Blues now three points off their London rivals in the race for Champions League qualification.
“I don’t know and the players don’t know what happened in the second half. I cannot explain it,” Sarri told Sky Sports.
”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.
“The problem was mental on the pitch, so the system and the tactics are not important. 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.”