Maurizio Sarri after Everton: Chelsea are mentally weak

Everton 2 – Chelsea 0

Chelsea had a great opportunity to improve their top four chances on Sunday at Everton.

Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United all skipped Premier League matches over the weekend.

As a result, Chelsea played their game in hand at Goodison Park, and for forty-five minutes the Blues did OK.

But then the second half happened.

Richarlison opened for the hosts, before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a second for Everton.

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea are mentally weak

After the Everton game, Maurizio Sarri launched into another attack on his Chelsea squad.

The Italian has slammed his players in public on several occasions this season.

Sarri has previously complained about the mentality of his squad, and he repeated those criticisms on Sunday:

We were very good in the last minute of the first half and, suddenly, very bad the first minute of the second half. It is very difficult for the players to explain to me the change but, probably, it is a mental block.

At the moment this is our limit. If we are able to play like in the first half with consistency, then we are in another position in the table. But we have this problem. We lost a similar match in Wolverhampton and today we lost again in this way.

I am worried about our mentality but we played the best 45 of the season without conceding a chance to our opponents.

Also see: Impact of Chelsea’s loss & Liverpool’s win analysed on the Gary Neville podcast.

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