Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri insists he has had no contact from Roman Abramovich since 6-0 Manchester City humiliation

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The Blues boss says he was mistranslated when speaking about the owner previously

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich did not contact him following Sunday’s humiliating 6-0 loss at Manchester City.

The Blues’ 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth last month was Chelsea’s worst since September 1996, until City inflicted further embarrassment on Sarri’s side, who suffered their biggest defeat in 28 years.

Maurizio Sarri was speaking prior to Chelsea’s Europa League game at Malmo

Maurizio Sarri was speaking prior to Chelsea’s Europa League game at Malmo

After the Etihad Stadium setback, Sarri said in an interview with an Italian broadcaster that he “never” speaks to Abramovich, an owner not renowned for his patience.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first leg with Malmo in Sweden, Sarri insisted his comments had been mistranslated when asked if he had spoken to Abramovich.

“No, not this week – not in the last three weeks,” Sarri said.

“It depends on the president, I think.

Sergio Aguero and his teammates battered the Bleus

Sergio Aguero and his teammates battered the Bleus

“I didn’t say never. Not very often, but not never. The interview was in Italian and in Italian I am better than you.

“I’d like to speak with somebody in the club, not necessarily the owner. I usually speak with Marina [Granovskaia, the director] and for me it’s enough.”

There has been plenty of discussion with his players.

A 50-minute dressing room inquest followed the loss at Bournemouth on January 30, with an hour-long conversation held on Monday at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

Sarri has been critical of his players’ motivation, especially after the loss at Arsenal.

Roman Abramovich has not been at Stamford Bridge in recent times

Roman Abramovich has not been at Stamford Bridge in recent times

He insisted motivation was not the issue at City, but the problem was psychological.

He added: “In my opinion, the last game was not a problem of motivation.

“We were not able to react to the first difficulty during the match because, in the first four or five minutes, we started well.

“Then, after the first goal, we were not able to react. So the problem is different.

“But it’s always a mind problem, a mental problem, so we need to solve them.”

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