Maurizio Sarri labelled Chelsea’s defending a “disaster” following a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham on Saturday evening.
Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min scored as Chelsea lost for the first time under Sarri in the Premier League.
“Defensive phase today was a disaster,” Sarri said.
“I am not talking about the defenders, I am talking about the offensive players pressing very badly. Midfielders defended not very well. The defensive line as a consequence was a disaster.”
Chelsea dropped to fourth after Tottenham leapfrogged them into third following the win and Sarri added: “It is clear. I knew very well that we had lots of problems to solve. I think today it was clear for everybody.
“I hope for the players because I told them in the last week that we had big problems with our approach to the match. Today was the same approach.”
Having won their first five Premier League games under Sarri, Chelsea have won just two of their past six and have failed to beat Liverpool, Manchester United and now Spurs.
“We played very badly from the physical point of view, mentally, technically and tactically. We have lots of problems to solve. I knew it well before the match. It is clear for everybody and, I hope, for the players,” Sarri added.