Glenn Hoddle has claimed Chelsea lack leaders after their second-half stutter against Slavia Prague in the Europa League.
The Blues booked their place in the semi-finals with a 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night, giving them a seemingly comfortable 5-3 win on aggregate – although it was anything but.
Maurizio Sarri’s men, who took a one-goal advantage into the second leg, cruised to a 4-1 lead at half-time before they were stunned and made to work for the victory when Petr Sevcik struck twice.
Suddenly, anxiety spread throughout Stamford Bridge as the Blues defence continued to shake, with Slavia just two goals away from dumping Chelsea out.
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And Hoddle, speaking to BT Sport, claims it never would’ve happened if former Chelsea captain John Terry was on the pitch.
“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’, he said.
“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.
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“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’s official club captain Gary Cahill has been frozen out under Sarri, with Cesar Azpilicueta occupying the armband for most of the season.