Published February 15, 2019
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits his team has a ‘mental problem ’ but insists he is comfortable with his relationship with the owner Roman Abramovich, reports Daily Mail .
Sarri revealed that he and his beleaguered team held one hour of crisis talks on Monday morning after the 6 – 0 defeat at Manchester City .
Sarri is under- fire after his side slumped to sixth in the Premier League table following three consecutive away defeats in which his team have conceded 12 goals and failed to score . Marcos Alonso , who was hooked in the second – half against City, has been left at home despite being fit .
Arriving in Sweden on Wednesday evening ahead of the Europa League knockout tie against Malmo , Sarri was further under the microscope as chairman Bruce Buck took a seat beside journalists in the press conference to observe proceedings . Buck has attended press conferences before but in the current context it felt significant .
Sarri moved to clarify comments he was reported to have made to Italian media after the defeat at City , in which he was alleged to have said that he ‘ never ’ hears from Abramovich.
“‘ I never said never . Not very often , but not never ,” Sarri said .
Asked if he has spoken to Abramovich this season , Sarri said , “ Yes of course . Not in this week . Not in the last three weeks . I ’d like to speak to somebody at the club , not necessarily with the owner. I usually speak with Marina Granovskaia ( club director) , and that is enough .”
“ We talked all together for one hour the day after the match. We arrived at the match with the right level of motivation . After the first goal , we were not able to react or do anything. So the problem is different. But it’ s always a mind problem , a mental problem , so we need to solve them . ”