Sarri urges his players to show more character ahead of Watford tie

Sarri urges his players to show more character ahead of Watford tie

- Sarri spent the Christmas holiday showing his players the mistakes they made against Leicester City

- The Stamford Bridge outfit lost their first home game of the season to the Foxes courtesy of Vardy's goal

- The Blues will file out against Watford on their Boxing Day Premier League fixture at Vicarage Road

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has expressed his anger his players after slipping to their first home loss of the season to Leicester City.

The Italian gaffer made his boys watch the video of the mental confusion gripping the team following their loss to the Foxes at Stamford Bridge.

The former Napoli boss had series of meetings with players and individuals to stop their weaknesses from recurring.

The 59-year-old made it clear that the Christmas is not a season for merriment as he aims to turn things around before they face Watford on Boxing Day.

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Sarri said: “We will prepare a video about the match. We will prepare an individual video, with individual mistakes.

“I want to speak with the group, first of all. Then with three, four or five players. I don't know how many at the moment. But of course we have to do everything just in order to avoid the same problem in the future. But it's not easy.

“At this moment, we have to think about us. Only about our team. The match is difficult. We know very well we have to study very well this kind of opponent. But I think that, now, the most important thing is our reaction after the Leicester match.

“In the match, the reaction was not in the right way. Now we have to think about the reaction after the match just in order to prepare in the right way for the next match.”

Sarri created a more relaxed atmosphere since arriving last the summer - relaxing the strict dietary code and conduct training sessions in the afternoon so that the players can have time with their family.

However he does not hold back when it comes to delivering public criticism when they do not meet up with the standard required of them.

Sarri labelled inconsistent striker Alvaro Morata “fragile” as well as well telling Ruben Loftus-Cheek he needs lessons in tactics and also claiming N’Golo Kante is not technically good enough.

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The Italian has virtually written off England midfielder Danny Drinkwater’s future at Stamford Bridge because he does not fit into his midfield formation.

Chelsea's rhythmic flow in the midfield has lacked precision in the final third has been a big concern for the Blues boss.

Morata is back into full fitness and is expected to play against Watford but the Spanish striker is yet to score a Premier League goal since November 4.

And Sarri has never been a big fan of Christmas as he wants points not presents and has told his players to show more character when the chips are down in a game.

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He said: “I have an idea about what happened. So I want only confirmation.

“But it is clear that we did not lose against Leicester because of the way of playing. We were a bit unlucky, because the reaction after the goal was in the wrong direction.

“We had only to continue. We were in full control of the match. We were dangerous, without conceding anything to the opponent, so we had only to continue.

“I like to play one touch, maximum two touches. If you saw the second half, you have seen something different.”

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is considering bringing a psychologist to help put his side back on track.

The Blues suffered their first home loss of the season and their third in the Premier League after they were beaten by Leicester City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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