In his post-match interview Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri made a shock claim on club owner Roman Abramovic.
Chelsea suffered a 6-0 loss to Manchester City – the heaviest defeat in the Premier League and speaking following the match Sarri’s comments put the Blues’ hopes of winning a top place in doubt.
“We’ll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours,” he said, according to Football Italia.
“My sensations before kick-off were good, as they were during the week. We conceded a stupid goal in the opening minutes that affected us for the whole game.
“Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team. We had a total blackout.
“Matches like this can leave a mark. It won’t be easy to get back on our feet after this. Football is also made of heavy defeats.
“At half-time, I told the lads that if we were able to react, we’d come back stronger than ever.” When asked about his future, Sarri made reference to an apparent lack of direction from his employers.
“If the president calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him,” said the Italian. “To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.”