Chelsea were made to pay heavily for missed chances as they squandered a lead to lose 2-1 at Wolves on Wednesday (Dec 5).
Angry Maurizio Sarri rounded on his over-confident Chelsea stars after their title hopes suffered another major blow with a 2-1 defeat at Wolves.
Sarri gave first league starts of the season to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Christensen and while they contributed, it was in other areas where he will have felt let down. "I am really anxious not for the result but for the fact that we didn't react to the first goal of the opponent". Maybe it was for the result, but not for me.
"We played very well for 55 minutes and then suddenly we were another team".
"After the goal, it was an accident because we were in full control of the match". I don't think it depended on the changes, it depended on the mentality of the team.
"It depends on the mentality of the team, I think".
Chelsea went ahead on 18 minutes when Loftus-Cheek scored for the second match in a row, his shot from outside the box deflected into the Wolves goal by the head of home captain Conor Coady.
Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly produced similarly heroic last-ditch challenges to deny Willian and Alvaro Morata either side of the break, and those interventions took on added importance as Wolves struck twice in quick succession around the hour through Jimenez and Jota.
It was a momentous night for Wolves, however, with Nuno Espirito Santo's side recording their first victory in seven league games to bring an end to a slump that had followed an impressive start to the season.
"Of course I am disappointed", Sarri said.
"It was a good performance and even in the first half we were pleased that we stayed organised and compact".
"In the first 10 minutes of the second half we had five goal opportunities".