Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, and the result leaves Chelsea battling to stay in the Champions League hunt.
The Blues are now five points behind Tottenham and Antonio Conte is facing a fight to hang onto his job.
Former Chelsea star Ruud Gullit thinks the talk over Conte’s future is destabilising the team.
“What next for Chelsea? Well, I am sure they will play the same way against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on 14 March, but they cannot be like headless chickens there,” he told the BBC.
“At the same time, they are trying to get in the Champions League for next year so also have to be careful they do not lose any more ground on the top four.
“All these rumours about Conte’s future will not help the team, either.
“It always seems to happen at Chelsea in the manager’s second year – not just with Conte, but with Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti too.
“You get a strange atmosphere in the dressing room when the manager is under threat – some of the players are happy with him of course but the ones who are not in the side might be thinking they might have a better chance with the next coach.
“If the club stand behind Conte then all the players would have to work for him but right now, not all of them are going to help him and some of them will want him out.”