Maurizio Sarri is battling to save his job after Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 at Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
The Italian, brought in from Napoli in the summer to replace Antonio Conte, has been under pressure with his team falling well adrift in the title race and Wednesday night’s reverse saw them drop out of the top four.
Josh King scored either side of a fine David Brooks goal at the Vitality Stadium, before Charlie Daniels added a fourth as Eddie Howe’s team condemned the visitors to a second consecutive Premier League defeat.
Following the match, Sarri said: ‘I feel frustrated. Not under pressure. I didn’t see the signal of my work. So I am frustrated.
‘Maybe it’s my fault, maybe I’m not able to motivate them. But the team is very strong, it is also able to win without the coach.’
In response to fans singing ‘you don’t know what you’re doing,’ he added: ‘We have only to say sorry to our fans. We can lose, of course, in every match, but not in this way. We need to solve the problem. We need to understand where the problem is.’
Sarri had left Callum Hudson-Odoi out of the squad — seen as a rap on the knuckles for the youngster for eyeing a move to Bayern Munich — and new signing Gonzalo Higuain looked horribly out of touch.
With Arsenal leap-frogging Chelsea into the Champions League positions, a place in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City next month may not be enough to save Sarri given owner Roman Abramovich’s renowned lack of patience.
Chelsea fans turned on him during the game with a chorus of boos after the final whistle.
According to reports, Sarri was still locked in the away dressing room with his players 40 minutes after the full-time whistle at the Vitality.
The 60-year-old removed his coaching staff from the room, ensuring it was just himself and his players.
Sarri said: ‘In that moment I wanted to talk to them alone, without anybody. I needed to understand, it was so different in the first and second half. I want to try again tomorrow.’
Meanwhile, Liverpool failed to capitalize on Manchester City’s misfortunes to extend their lead at the top of English Premier League table to seven points as they were held to a one all draw by Leicester at Anfield.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the reds in the 3rd minute but the Foxes responded at the stroke of half time through Harry Maguire. The draw leaves them ahead of City by five points. Elsewhere, Tottenham beat Watford 2-1.