Unable to fathom his team's second-half capitulation, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri kept his players in the locker room for around an hour after a humiliating 4-0 loss at Bournemouth on Wednesday. "You can win against [Manchester] City, but after three days you are at risk".
Sarri certainly seems to be working by that theory as only 14 of his players have played over 500 minutes in the Premier League this season, with seven of those playing over 2000 minutes already.
He said: "I didn't see the signal of my work".
He explained his decision by saying he "needed to understand" the performance and why the first and second halves were "so different".
"He can improve a great deal", said Sarri.
"We don't want to let our best players go, also other clubs don't. We can lose, of course, in every match, but not in this way", said Sarri. After the first half there was the possibility to solve the problem.
"It's very hard to understand the performance".
"The Leicester game was the first time we have seen signs of cracks from Liverpool, but this is natural as the finishing line gets closer". We believed we had finally found a manager capable of instilling an attractive style of play, while still being able to win us the silverware that we crave season after season. But not with that kind of reaction. On the pitch I am really very happy with him. "I want to remain the same man".
"I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong".
"But we can not lose 4-0 to Bournemouth", he concluded.
The four-goal defeat was only the second time Chelsea have ever been defeated by that margin in Premier League history - since a 5-1 loss against Liverpool in September 1996.
When Chelsea traded Alvaro Morata in for Gonzalo Higuain at the weekend, fans were hoping the Argentinian could bring in new luck in front of goal.
However, the 60-year-old claimed he did not feel his job was "under pressure" before apologising to the travelling supporters after Joshua King scored a brace either side of David Brooks' strike before Charlie Daniels completed the rout in stoppage time.
The players won't have liked Maurizio Sarri publicly criticising them in press conferences in recent weeks, but I think he was right to have an inquest in the dressing room after the game; after a 4-0 defeat something had to be done.