Chelsea suffered their worst defeat in Premier League history after being pummelled 6-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick, Raheem Sterling’s double and Ilkay Gundogan’s effort also condemned the Blues to a third straight defeat away from home as they failed to make their way back into the top four.
The end of the game saw manager Maurizio Sarri bypass City boss Pep Guardiola when the two were due to shake hands.
Sarri was apologetic after the game but it was not addressed to the Spaniard, instead issuing it to the Chelsea fans because of the humiliating margin of the scoreline.
The Italian said: “I am doing my best and I’m trying to get the players to do their best but at the moment I can only say sorry because in the last three away matches we played very badly.”
“It’s very difficult to describe our performance. It’s also very difficult to understand because during the week I really was very happy with the team.
“My feeling was very good yesterday in the meeting and the warm up today.
“We started well but we conceded the first goal in a stupid way in the fourth minute and then everything was really very difficult because we had to stay in the match but we weren’t able to do that.
“The reaction was not very good. In the 20 minutes after the first goal we made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents who played fantastic football.
“I am surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home. I don’t know what’s happened but at the moment we’re in trouble.
“In the last three or four matches we have been in trouble without a reaction at the first difficulty so we need to understand.”
The result increases the pressure on the Blues boss and when asked about how it might affect his future at Stamford Bridge, Sarri admitted he didn’t know.
He added: “I don’t know. You’re asking me about something that’s not my job. I’m worried about our performances, you’ll have to ask the club.”