Cesc Fabregas tellingly spoke of ‘attitude’ and ‘behaviour’ as he said that ‘big players’ at Chelsea need to play like ‘big players’.
The Spaniard’s loss of form means that he did not start Monday night’s defeat at Leicester but he spoke about the Blues’ problems at a Facebook event on Tuesday.
Manager Jose Mourinho is now taking the brunt of the criticism – surely it’s no fun anymore? – but Fabregas was quick to point the finger at himself and other ‘big players’.
“If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player,” he said. Reports suggest that Diego Costa is a particular source of tension in the squad.
“I am not saying you can’t have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on.
“We must always be at the top of our games, even when it’s not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.
“Confidence is important until a certain point. At the end of the day, as a player you have pride. We cannot win the Premier League right now, but we must do better.
“Right now is not the time to think of where we might finish, we’ve been saying it almost all season.
“I don’t think about anything apart from wanting to beat Sunderland, play my best and that’s it. Right now, no one is easy as it currently shows.
“We’ve put ourselves in this position and we must now prove that we can start winning.”