It started with a cold message from Maurizio Sarri to a naughty boy and it ended with a louder one that Chelsea simply cannot be trusted to consistently deliver performances of even basic competence.
Whether it costs them a place in the top four remains to be seen. But judging from this game and so many others you have to wonder.
You have to doubt them, to doubt the strength of their minds under pressure, as Sarri so often has, and also doubt the strength of their manager’s system too. Both were picked apart here by a team used to taking a whipping off the bigger clubs.
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