Cesc Fabregas has insisted Chelsea’s players must justify their hefty wages and pick up from their dismal Premier League form from now on.
Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Monday night left them only a point above the relegation zone after 16 matches this season.
The Spaniard’s warning to his team-mates comes just after troubled manager Mourinho accused his squad of betraying his work following the defending league champions’ shocking ninth league defeat of this term, and now Fabregas also accepts he and his teammates need to improve as soon as possible.
Sky Sports quoted the midfielder as saying: “We will all have to take responsibility. If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player.”
“I am not saying you can’t have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on. We must always be at the top of our games, even when it’s not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.”
The former Arsenal and Barcelona star is seeking a quick response from his team-mates against Sunderland this Saturday after Jose Mourinho ruled out any possibility of Chelsea finishing in the top four this term.
The Spain international, who is also struggling this season, further said: “Confidence is important until a certain point. At the end of the day, as a player you have pride. We cannot win the Premier League right now, but we must do better.
“Right now is not the time to think of where we might finish, we’ve been saying it almost all season.
“I don’t think about anything apart from wanting to beat Sunderland, play my best and that’s it. Right now, no one is easy as it currently shows. We’ve put ourselves in this position and we must now prove that we can start winning.”
The shocking result against Leicester is simply the latest setback in what seems to be a remarkable fall for the Blues following the club’s first Premier League trophy in five years and Mourinho, whose future at Stamford Bridge is now more uncertain.
Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in each half were enough to take Claudio Ranieri’s men back to the league summit and leave Chelsea, who managed to pull one back thanks to Remy on 77 minutes, only a single point above the relegation zone.