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Chelsea were league winners last season as the Blues ran away with the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season as Chelsea boss.

However, Chelsea’s title defence has been nonexistent this season as the Blues find themselves 25 points away from league leaders Manchester City.

Having lost three of their last five league games, Chelsea are in danger of missing out on a top four place altogether as Tottenham and Liverpool pull ahead of them.

Legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech who now plays for Arsenal, won four Premier League titles with Chelsea, believes his former club have suffered a crisis of confidence.

Asked to explain Chelsea’s dip following the heroics of last season, he said: “It’s very hard to tell because the team stayed more or less together, obviously the manager stayed there and had the chance.

“When you win the league in your first season it’s the best possible start because people trust you, you make a name for yourself.

“It’s sometimes very surprising when the season goes completely wrong.

“It might just be that things go different and you try too hard, then once you get in a bad run it can affect the confidence in the team and it becomes difficult.”

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