Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea manager accepts blame for Bournemouth defeat

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea manager accepts blame for Bournemouth defeat

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea manager accepts blame for Bournemouth defeat

Hazard will be expected to start once again against Bournemouth, while new signing Gonzalo Higuain is in line to make his Premier League debut for Chelsea.

Chelsea fell behind two minutes after the break when Brooks's astute reverse pass released King to fire high past Arrizabalaga and things went from bad to worse as King's pass over the top left released Brooks who stepped inside David Luiz's half-hearted tackle and fired home.

Whether or not Chelsea's interest is concrete remains to be seen, but time is running out for them to complete a move.

Supporters at the Vitality Stadium turned on Sarri during their 4-0 defeat as they sang "You don't know what you're doing", and the Blues' top-brass are yet to be fully convinced that Sarri has a long term future at Stamford Bridge.

"He can improve a great deal", said Sarri.

"At the end of first half it was impossible to think the second would be a disaster and I want to understand why". Newcastle - who trailed to a Sergio Aguero goal inside just 24 seconds - were matched at a high of [150.0] in-play to win the game but second half goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Richie sealed a famous victory.

A lack of goals from the club's main strikers has been one of the team's principal issues, with Hazard shouldering most of the responsibility for goal-getting and at times being asked to play out of position as a false nine.

"I spoke with the players immediately after the match but it is also hard for them to say why", Sarri said.

"We are struggling, above all mentally".

The omission saw Chelsea fans take to social media to question the decision taken by club boss, Maurizio Sarri.

Although he appears set to remain with Chelsea this window despite reportedly handing in a transfer quest (BBC Sport), Liverpool should be thinking about moving for him either now or in the summer - as he could become the player they hoped Raheem Sterling would at Anfield.

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