Chelsea's players are "deeply embarrassed" by their performance in the 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, City ran riot at the Etihad Stadium, scoring almost at will in the first 25 minutes to take a 4-0 lead and cruising to three points without having to hit their best in the second period.
The Blues suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 7-0 at Nottingham Forest in April 1991, finding themselves four goals down inside 25 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Sarri admitted after the match that his job is at risk, having also seen his side crash out 4-0 at Bournemouth in their previous away outing.
The relationship between the squad and Sarri, who only arrived from Napoli last summer, is nowhere near as bad as it became under Antonio Conte last season.
Senior Chelsea figures are concerned by recent results, with the Blues having also lost 4-0 at Bournemouth late last month before an easy 5-0 win over relegation-haunted Huddersfield.
From the sources some suggested while several players have issues with Sarri's tactical approach, the majority still believe in the ex-Napoli boss.
The report indicates that senior figures at Stamford Bridge share the players' embarrassment following a poor run of results, but the mood is vastly improved on last season when Antonio Conte was in charge.
Chelsea are back in action on Thursday evening with a Europa League knockout tie against Malmo.
But the Blues remain in three cup competitions and are still only a point short of fourth-placed Manchester United in the race for a Champions League place as the season reaches a crescendo.
Team meetings have been held this week, in the wake of their thrashing in Manchester