It just keeps getting more and more embarrassing for Chelsea.
On Sunday, Maurizio Sarri’s side were on the receiving end of a 6-0 thrashing away at Manchester City – the club’s heaviest ever Premier League defeat.
The day after the game, Sarri called his players into the club’s Cobham training ground to unpick their shocking performance at the Etihad and then the substitutes and other unused squad players including Willian and Olivier Giroud were sent out for a practice game against the youth team.
And according to The Times, the senior players were beaten by the youngsters, which you probably don’t need us to tell you is not a good sign at all.
Sarri reportedly watched most of the match and he surely won’t have been impressed by what he saw.
But on the bright side, perhaps the Italian will have been inspired to dip into the Blues pool of academy talent. Chelsea’s under-18s have of course won the last five FA Youth Cups in a row.
The Blues have now lost each of their last four away games and travel to face Swedish side Malmö in the Europa League on Thursday.
Sarri is expected to pick a strong team for that fixture, which comes in the middle of a month which will also see them face Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round and Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.
The Times say Sarri currently still has the full support of Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and that there was a more positive atmosphere around the training ground on Tuesday.
In fact, ESPN’s Liam Twomey says the first-team had a match against the development squad again on Tuesday and this time, it ended in a draw. Things are looking up.
But they need a win on Thursday more than they’ve possibly ever needed one before.