Glenn Hoddle names the one player who Chelsea FC really miss
Glenn Hoddle believes Chelsea FC still miss John Terry's influence at Stamford Bridge
Glenn Hoddle believes Chelsea FC still miss John Terry’s influence in the Blues team.
Chelsea FC squeezed past Slavia Prague in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night thanks to a 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues were seemingly in control of the Europa League tie after first-half goals from Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Simon Deli’s own goal gave Chelsea FC a 4-1 half-time lead.
However, Maurizio Sarri’s side suffered an embarrassing collapse in the second half as Slavia Prague managed to score twice to ensure a nervy finish in west London.
Chelsea FC have been inconsistent throughout their first season under Sarri to raise questions about the Italian head coach’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz are three of Chelsea FC’s most experienced players in Sarri’s squad but there still remains a lack of leadership.
And former Blues manager Hoddle believes that Chelsea FC still haven’t replaced Terry’s influence on the team.
“They can’t get 90 minutes’ consistency, you can’t dictate 90 minutes anyway but they do switch off, almost as if, ‘We’re too good for this team, I don’t need to get on the cover’, Hoddle told BT Sport.
“It’s complacency a little bit and they need a leader out there that’s not going to let that happen.
“John Terry, in that team tonight, that wouldn’t have happened second half.
“They haven’t got many leaders there that can identify and put it right and say, ‘Let’s put it right’.
“You could smell it happening, your opponents are getting more of the ball, throwing people forward, you need to nullify that and someone needs to identify that.”
Chelsea FC will take on Burnley in their next Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
The Blues will face Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals.
Sarri’s men could potentially face their bitter London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final.