Following Chelsea’s second half collapsed in our 4-3 Europa League victory over Czech club Slavia Prague, former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle has accused Chelsea of lacking leaders.
Chelsea raced into 4-1 half-time lead but made hard work of it in the second half as Slavia Prague capitalised on some lax defending to haul themselves back into the game with two quick goals early in the second half.
It isn’t the first time this season that Chelsea have collapsed and conceded goals early in the second half this season and Hoddle has blamed Chelsea’s second half collapses this season on the club’s failure to replace the leadership of John Terry.
“They can’t get 90 minutes’ consistency, you can’t dictate 90 minutes anyway but they do switch off, almost as if, ‘We’re too good for this team, I don’t need to get on the cover’”, Hoddle told BT Sport.
“It’s complacency a little bit and they need a leader out there that’s not going to let that happen. John Terry, in that team tonight, that wouldn’t have happened second half.
“They haven’t got many leaders there that can identify and put it right and say, ‘Let’s put it right’. You could smell it happening, your opponents are getting more of the ball, throwing people forward, you need to nullify that and someone needs to identify that.”
Hoddle also suggested Chelsea’s players are guilty of passing the buck and relying on others to clear up their mess.
He added: “Everyone just left it to one another – ‘Someone else will do it today, I won’t bother to get on the cover early because we’re 4-1 up’.
“No I’m sorry at this level or any level of professional football, bang bang, you lose two goals and then you’re on the knife edge.”
Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta admitted after the game that the team is conceding early goals in the first-half and believes that this mistake must be worked upon.
Azpilicueta said after the game: “It’s a mistake that we make too often – we are conceding a lot of goals in the first minutes of the second half. We had to suffer until the end. We had a lot of confidence in the first half, when we were very good, and then we stopped playing. But we are in the semi-finals.”