Maurizio Sarri held a training ground inquest with his players on Monday as Chelsea’s season hangs in the balance.
Sportsmail understands the Italian still holds support from the majority of the Blues squad.
But some players are privately questioning some of Sarri’s decisions, namely playing best player Eden Hazard out of position. ceme online
After Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Arsenal, players and staff held a clear-the-air meeting at the club’s Cobham HQ on Monday in an effort to put their season back on track.
Part of the discussions looked back at the loss to Arsenal, but Sarri insisted it was important for the squad not to dwell on the weekend disappointed in an effort to nurture some positivity going into an important week.
But Sarri, who made it clear he wants to see a shift in mentality from his side, has demanded a response from his team, starting in Thursday night’s crucial Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash against Tottenham, where they will look to overturn a 1-0 deficit.
For now, most of the Blues squad are said to be behind Sarri, despite the manager publicly criticising his team following their loss at the Emirates Stadium.
But there is some bemusement over Sarri’s decision to utilise Hazard – Chelsea’s most potent attacking threat – in a false nine position in recent weeks rather than his preferred role out wide.