Chelsea players blame lack of leadership in dressing room after Manchester City defeat

’s players believe they lack leadership (Getty Images)

Chelsea’s players privately admit that their dressing room lacks leadership and believe it has become a key factor behind the their dramatic slump, according to reports.

Maurizio Sarri’s side were smashed 6-0 by Manchester City on Sunday and are in real danger of missing out on a top-four place in the .

Chelsea’s woeful performance at the Etihad Stadium comes off the back of comprehensive away defeats to Bournemouth and , while Sarri has openly admitted he has struggled to motivate his players.

The Italian also claimed that his current Chelsea side would never be known for their ‘battling and fighting qualities’.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Chelsea’s players are reluctant to pin the blame solely on Sarri and recognise that they have not shown enough character during the difficult period.

Chelsea’s players are reluctant to completely blame Maurizio Sarri (Getty Images)

Chelsea’s players are said to attribute their fragility to a lack of leaders in the squad and believe some senior members of the team are keen to blame others for their own mistakes.

The report claims that Sarri’s decision to freeze Gary Cahill out of the team has meant that the 33-year-old’s influence has diminished, while the Chelsea manager barely speaks to the club captain.

David Luiz was reintroduced by Sarri at the start of the season but the Telegraph claim that the Brazilian is not ‘universally popular’ and is accused of blaming others for his own errors.

Cesar Azpilicueta has captained the side in Cahill’s absence but it is said that the Spaniard does not assume control of the team in the same manner as previous senior figures at the club such as John Terry, Frank Lampard or Didier Drogba.

Eden Hazard is another similar case of leading by example in terms of ability but not being that authoritative figure who inspires others in difficult times.

Sarri, meanwhile, has reportedly told Chelsea’s hierarchy that he feels the squad he has is not capable of implementing the playing style he was asked to bring to Stamford Bridge.