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Sarri: I didn’t attack Chelsea players during 50-minute dressing room inquest

Maurizio Sarri has denied that he ‘attacked’ his Chelsea players in the dressing room after their crushing 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth during the week.

Sarri is reported to have asked the rest of the backroom team to leave him with the players in the dressing room at the Vitality Stadium. They spent 50 minutes together, but Sarri insists it was just a discussion and that there was no aggression on his part.

“I didn’t attack the players, I talked to them because I needed to understand,’’ Sarri told the press ahead of his sides fixture against Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

“I said that maybe I wasn’t able to motivate them. If there were some mental problems it could be players, technical staff or the club. We must be doing something wrong, the staff first of all. It is a part of my job, of course, but I want to change the mentality.”

The Bournemouth loss was Chelsea’s second league defeat in a row and Sarri will be looking to stop the rot when they face Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Chelsea have slipped to 5th in the Premier League table but they are still battling on all fronts. They are due to face Malmo in the knockout stages of the Europa League, Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final and Manchester City in the League Cup final.

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