Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Unacceptable! AZPILICUETA ISSUES DAMNING VERDICT AFTER CHELSEA ARE THRASHED BY BOURNEMOUTH

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Unacceptable! AZPILICUETA ISSUES DAMNING VERDICT AFTER CHELSEA ARE THRASHED BY BOURNEMOUTH

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

CESAR AZPILICUETA has branded Chelsea's display in the 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth as "unacceptable" and admits they are in danger of missing out on a top-four place.

Chelsea suffered the heaviest defeat in the Roman Abramovich era -- and their worst since 1996 -- as they collapsed in the second half against Eddie Howe's side.

Coach Maurizio Sarri held a dressing room inquest, which lasted around 50 minutes, with his players after the match. The Italian took the unusual step of locking all of the coaching and backroom staff out of the meeting.

Azpilicueta believes Sarri had good reason to be upset and conceded that the Chelsea side selected had dropped far below the required standard.

He said: "Everything went wrong. In the first few minutes of the second half we conceded an early goal, then when we were close to the equaliser we conceded a second.

"After that we didn't have the reaction we should have. We conceded four goals and that is unacceptable. We are very angry with that. We spoke as men [afterwards] -- between the manager and the players.

"Obviously this was a very tough result. After the two wins in the cups [EFL and FA], we expected another result, so to lose 4-0 as Chelsea players is unacceptable.

"In a few days' time, we have another game [against Huddersfield] but we have to be more consistent.

"Eleven days before we also lost against Arsenal, we had a really bad game there and then had two good games in the cups [against Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday].

"To drop back again is frustrating and we are really angry. It is unacceptable for Chelsea and we have to find the solutions."

Charlie Daniels's injury-time goal for Bournemouth meant Arsenal replaced Chelsea in fourth spot in the table on goals scored.

Manchester United are just two points further behind the two London clubs, meaning the Blues' hopes of playing in the Champions League next term are at real risk. …

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