Maurizio Sarri Admits ‘Worry’ Over Chelsea Collapse After Shock 2-1 Wolves Defeat

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has surprisingly admitted that he is ‘very worried’ with the way his team reacted after Raul Jimenez’s equaliser on Wednesday as his side lost 2-1 to Wolves.

The Blues had taken an early lead through a deflected Ruben Loftus-Cheek effort but Wolves produced a spirited second half display and turned the game around with goals from Jimenez and Diogo Jota. 

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Sarri said: “We played very well for 55 minutes. After their first goal, that was an accident because we were in full control of the match, we were suddenly another team, without the right distances and without our football. I don’t know why.

“I am very worried, not with the result, but for the fact we didn’t react to the first goal of the opponent. We didn’t react at all. I worried about this.”

The Italian also responded to question marks over his team selection as he made five changes from the side that beat Fulham on Sunday. However, Sarri does not believe it influenced the result.

He added: “If you asked me after 55 minutes I would say yes, I am really very happy. Then we lost everything: our football, the result, everything, for an accident, a goal. It can happen.

“I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team. We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.”

Despite Chelsea having a strong penalty shout just 25 seconds into the second half, Sarri refused to criticise the referee and was clearly concerned with his side’s efforts.

He said: “I don’t know [about the penalty], but I saw in the first ten minutes of the second half we could have scored four goals. I don’t want to discuss the referee, because we had other opportunities and we missed them. I think it’s better if we think about everything we can control.”

Source: www.si.com