John Terry admits his performances and those of his Chelsea team-mates have not been good enough this season, but he is unwilling to accept all criticisms.
The Blues are in the midst of one their worst ever seasons, losing their sixth Premier League game of 11 to Liverpool on Saturday and with Champions League qualification still uncertain.
Terry has been one of many who have regressed massively from last season’s title-winning form, and the captain admits he and his team-mates have not been good enough this season.
Asked what is causing Chelsea’s poor form, Terry replied: “I think it’s difficult to pinpoint as a group one thing. I think it’s a collection of things together.
“I and the players will stand up and say ‘I’ve not been good enough, our performances haven’t’.
“We realise where we are in the league, where we are in the Champions League group. At the minute the responsibility lies with us, not the manager, with us as players.
Terry was also asked of his opinion on reports of a mutiny against manager Jose Mourinho within the playing ranks, but the 34-year-old responded to such claims with derision.
“Whether it’s been going bad, really bad, etc, its ridiculous that we have to sit here and talk about it.
“When its like that it hurts because people are fighting. I’ve seen people’s faces. If players heard that among ourselves it wouldn’t go down too well would it.”
While Terry was quick to admit his own performances hadn’t been good enough, the former England captain was not quite willing to accept criticism from all angles.
“It’s a case of, for me, we are where we are as a group,” he said. “I’ve come under criticism, individually, from certain players and individuals, players I’ve looked up to and played alongside.
“I’ve taken that on the chin: Rio (Ferdinand), (Jamie) Carragher, (Gary) Neville, the very best I’ve come up against in the game. I take that on the chin.
“When others speak, maybe I don’t take it on the chin. When players have not had a career, played at a really bad level in their career… Robbie Savage being one,” Terry said, before advising Savage to apply cold water to his burn. “He’s dug me out a couple of times.
“You take it as a footballer, as an individual. I’ll take it from the Rios, Carraghers and Neville. All day long. From others? Nah.”