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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri accused his players of ignoring his instructions during a passionate 50 minute dressing room inquest on Wednesday night.

"I think the situation is that Drinkwater for me is not suitable for a midfield with two other midfielders", Sarri said in November.

It was Chelsea's worst league defeat since 1996 and the heat will be on Italian Sarri whose side have now lost consecutive league games without scoring a goal.

He kept his players in the locker room at Vitality Stadium for more than an hour, demanding answers, but he didn't get what he wanted.

"But in this match it was different, suddenly after the first goal we were not able to play".

"It's very hard to have an idea of the performance".

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Sources claim it was so he could study why his tactics are not working away from the noise of the team, yet his decision to travel alone could indicate a disharmony between the head coach and his players.

Sarri, who has yet to win a major trophy in nearly 30 years of being a manager, also came in for criticism from his own supporters during the defeat at the Vitality Stadium, with sections of the away crowd chanting, "you don't know what you're doing" when he replaced Gonzalo Higuain with Olivier Giroud in the 65th minute with no hint of a tactical change.

Sarri says his side did not play as a team after the break and they "found it hard to accept" going behind.

"Afterwards we spoke as men between the manager and the players", he said after the match, via the club website. We are very angry. That will be the only way to keep him, which means that Sarri must back up his words with action. To drop back again is really frustrating. "But we played a good first half".

"We have only to say sorry to our fans", Sarri admitted. We need to solve the problem. He hasn't won a thing, yet he feels it necessary to public criticise his players' mentalities and motivation. I didn't see the signal of my work. Now here I am frustrating Sarri.

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