MAURIZIO SARRI says his Chelsea players are struggling with "blackouts" after his side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Wolves in midweek.
The Blues sit ten points behind Man City in the Premier League table but they have the chance to close the gap when they face Pep Guardiola's side this weekend.
Getty – Contributor5 Maurizio Sarri says his Chelsea players are struggling with "blackouts"
A number of Chelsea stars came in for some stern criticism after goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota handed the Blues their second defeat in three games.
The Chelsea boss was incensed after seeing his side blow a comfortable lead and Sarri says his side's inconsistent form is because they have a tendency to switch off.
He said: "I think we have a problem to manage the match at the moment, we have played well for 55 minutes but then in the first difficulty we had a blackout.
"We were a little unlucky, because the opponents only had two on target. We were not able to react.
Getty Images5 The Blues were humbled at Molineux on Wednesday night
AFP or licensors5 After defeat to Tottenham, Chelsea face losing three games out of four when they face City this weekend
"I have seen in the last matches we didn’t react as a team or 11 players, so it is a big problem.
"We need a leader and a collective target can give us determination. In some matches, we have lacked it, like in the last match.
"I know that we started with 30 points of difference, we have to work to reduce the gap. I think we are improving, but they are improving also. I don’t know the difference at the moment.
"We started the season well, but we have had some difficulties in a new way of playing. It is normal, we have to work and solve it day by day and improve.
Getty – Contributor5 Sarri slammed his "cocky" Chelsea stars after they blew the chance to close the gap at the top