The Blues were heavily beaten in the Champions League by Roma on Tuesday night and are already nine points behind Manchester City in the Premier League.
Pundit Phil Neville believes Chelsea’s issues this season can all be traced back to selling Nemanja Matic in the summer. Neville insists Chelsea never really replaced Matic.
“What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic. It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake,” Neville told BBC 5Live.
“When you had Matic sat in front of you, alongside Kante, there was protection. Whoever made that decision needs sacking. That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League.
“If you ask any of those Chelsea players who they would want back, they would say Matic. Chelsea replaced him with someone who is going to do the same job – Bakayoko is not that player, he is not a holding midfield player.
“They didn’t replace Matic. I wouldn’t have let him out of the building, I would have chained him to the training ground walls.”