Gary Neville launches attack on Chelsea stars over dip in form
Gary Neville runs the rule over Chelsea's shocking start to the Premier League season
Gary Neville has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea’s players following the west London club’s disastrous start to the season.
The Blues slumped to their sixth Premier League loss of the campaign on Saturday as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge to leave Jose Mourinho’s men in 15th place in the table and 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Manager Mourinho has found himself under increasing pressure in recent weeks and there has been talk of Chelsea considering sacking the Portuguese coach.
However, former Manchester United defender Neville feels that the players need to step up and take responsibility for the west London club’s shocking start to the season themselves.
Neville told Sky Sports on Monday night: “If you’re looking at key players, the spine of last year’s team, Cahill and Terry were the absolute anchors in that team. In midfield Matic and Fabregas, up front Costa and Hazard.
“If you think about the dip, it’s unexplainable. They really are disastrous stats from a football point of view. I can’t think of one Chelsea player at the moment who is playing well, I can’t think of one that’s playing to their standard.
“As a player you have a responsibility to reach your standard, simple as that. Forget about what the manager is doing, you have a responsibility to reach your standard in terms of work ethic, level of performance, doing the right things.
“These players six months ago I talked about them dominating English football for the next three or four years. I couldn’t see how anyone could get near them.
“If I was a Chelsea fan I would be really worried, I’d be worried if I was Jose Mourinho, and I’m sure he is, about players like Fabregas, Hazard, Costa.”
Chelsea will bid to return to winning ways in the Champions League when they host Dynamo Kyiv at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The Blues then take on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.