Rio Ferdinand: Chelsea have no leaders
The former Manchester United defender says the Blues are lacking leadership
Rio Ferdinand says Chelsea are lacking leaders in their side after a 2-1 defeat by Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Andre Andre broke the deadlock for the hosts before Brazil international Willian levelled on the stroke of half-time at Estadio do Dragao.
I didn’t see players who would stand up and be counted in that way. I think they have a lot of work now to get out this group
However, Maicon edged the Blues ahead with a header which crept past Asmir Begovic, and although Diego Costa hit the woodwork, Porto held on for three points.
And former United defender Ferdinand, who won the Champions League in 2008 before finishing as a runner-up in 2009 and 2011, believes this Mourinho side is uncharacteristically lacking leaders.
Ferdinand told BT Sport: “There was no composure, no real leadership out there.
“You look back on past Mourinho and Chelsea sides. You had Drogba, Terry and Lampard who other players could look to, and they would turn around and say, ‘listen I’ve been here before, don’t worry, follow me, we’ll be alright and get through this and weather the storm’.
“I didn’t see that tonight. I didn’t see players who would stand up and be counted in that way. I think they have a lot of work now to get out this group.”
Mourinho left club captain John Terry on the bench for their European defeat.
Chelsea have lost five games in all competitions so far this season.
The west London side have three points from two Champions League games after a 4-0 win against Maccabi Tel-Aviv earlier this month.