Maurizio Sarri kicked his coaching staff out of the dressing room and locked the door as he spent an hour talking with Chelsea’s players after a 4-0 away defeat to Bournemouth.
The Italian questioned his players as to why they were ignoring his instructions and even asked if they had a problem with him, after the south-coast hammering.
It is understood there were no raised voices, but Sarri urged his players to be honest about any issues after kicking his coaching staff out of the dressing room and locking the players in with him for an hour.
Chelsea are three points worse off than they were this time last season and slipped below Arsenal in the table on goal difference – Charlie Daniels’ 95th-minute header putting the cherry on that particular cake.
Wednesday marked Sarri’s third inquest in his short reign as boss, after doing so following losses to both Tottenham and Arsenal in the league.
He left the media waiting for over an hour but eventually conducted all his contractually obliged post-game duties, as he detailed what he spoke about with his players.
The 60-year-old, signed away from Italian side Napoli in the summer after countryman Antonio Conte lasted just two seasons at Stamford Bridge, oversaw training on Thursday afternoon. But his future is already under the spotlight after they slipped out of the top four.
“We haven’t even learned the basic moves yet,” he said. “We need to work on the basics, the primary foundations of my football – and only then will we try to change a few things.