Antonio Rudiger believes the answer to Chelsea’s occasional flat performance is not as simple as a question of motivation , which has become a theme for Maurizio Sarri. For the German defender, motivation is not a problem. The team is determined to win, work hard and play hard. The problem is just that sometime we want to win, but sometimes we forget to actually do it.
“It is up to us now. What happened against Bournemouth must not happen again.
“Our biggest shortcoming is that we lost consistency. We always want [it], but sometimes not a lot works out. We go blank a bit currently, but it is no reason to talk everything down. I am not that kind of guy.
“Sarri is a very emotional coach. But you can’t put everything down to motivation.”
Sarri has also complained about the squad’s tactical issues, he believes the squad’s slow adaptation to his tactical ideals is also an issue. In this regard, Rüdiger though urges a bit of patience as they get used to the demands of Sarriball, but advocates for the team to get a bit more ruthless during games.
“For a long time, Chelsea had a defensive approach. And you can’t get used to something new overnight. Pep Guardiola’s first year wasn’t all that smooth as well.”
“We have been there when it mattered. We were the first team to beat Manchester City after all. We must be tougher. By now, we have a lot of possession, but we need get something dirty back in our game.”
Sarri and his team will have to be at their best when they travel to face defending champions Manchester City on Sunday.