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Chelsea are in bad form this year, as the Blues have only won two league games since the start of the year.

After a catastrophic 3-0 home defeat against Bournemouth, Chelsea were well beaten by Watford 4-1 at the Vicarage Road on Monday night, and former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins believes it’s time for the players to step up and give their all for the team.

“What about the players, it’s time they started performing as well,” Wilkins told Premier League Daily. “They’re starting to put in performances now that got Mourinho the sack.

“They’ve got to play for this guy, he coaches with a lot of passion and you can see the way that he works but the players just aren’t performing.

“Chelsea, at this moment, are quite average.

“I don’t think the dressing room is strong enough with enough characters in there. When you’re on a slight slump where are the John Terrys who are going to pull this dressing room up and get these players playing?

“It’s almost a two-year stint. They [managers] go in there do two years and unfortunately Mr [Roman] Abramovich decides he’s going to sack the guy.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Conte’s future as Chelsea manager, Wilkins is confident the title-winning coach will be retained by the club as long as the Blues remain within reach of the Champions League places.

“So long as he’s in the top four or in and around the top four I think Abramovich will go easy on him,” Wilkins added. “It’s about time some of these big players, or so-called big players, started standing up and actually performing.”

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