Arsenal legend Thierry Henry sends message to Chelsea players

Thierry Henry says it is time for Chelsea's players to accept responsibility for the Blues' struggles this season

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Thierry Henry is a Sky Sports pundit Photo: Sky Sports News HQ

Thierry Henry has warned Chelsea’s players that they must take responsibility for their poor start to the season.

The Blues have struggled to find any sort of consistent form this season after winning the Premier League and League Cup under Jose Mourinho last term.

I feel sympathy for Mourinho. The players had a big part to play

Thierry Henry

Mourinho was sacked by the west London club earlier this month after watching his side slump to their ninth Premier League defeat to leave them languishing just above the relegation zone.

Guus Hiddink has since been placed in temporary charge until the end of the season at Stamford Bridge and saw his side play out a goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night.

Arsenal legend Henry feels that the Chelsea players must stand up and accept the blame for their part in the club’s struggles so far this season as they look to improve in 2016.

Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ, Henry said: “We’re talking about a team that was top and then nearly went to the bottom of the table. I really don’t know what’s happened there.

“The players should feel a responsibility for this. I hope they do – if you’re a competitor and you love your club you should do. Regardless of any situation, at one point your pride has to kick in and it didn’t for a large part of this season.

“There is plenty of time for Chelsea, but it’s very difficult to explain what has happened at that football club. We all saw the stories, but we weren’t in the dressing room – things have to change there, and quickly.”

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Henry went on to discuss Mourinho’s sacking. He continued: “I feel sympathy for Mourinho. The players had a big part to play.

“You can’t sack the entire team, so to spark something it’s the manager that has to go. Mourinho is still the best manager in the history of Chelsea and in football.”

Monday’s draw at Old Trafford left Chelsea in 14th place in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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