Paul Merson blames defeat to Manchester City on lack of leaders

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Chelsea may have a good number of experienced players in the squad, with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Olivier Giroud and Co, but Paul Merson has suggested that there’s not enough leaders in the squad.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has attributed Chelsea’s loss to Manchester City on January 3 as a case of a lack of leaders.

Chelsea had started the game well against City but eventually slumped, and according to Merson, the team needed a leader to calm things down on the pitch.

“If you look at Southampton’s performance against Liverpool, they all looked like they knew what they were doing,” former Arsenal man Paul Merson wrote in his column for Sky Sports.

“When one goes, they all go, when one holds, they all hold. It’s like clockwork regardless of the score or the stage of the game. Contrast that to how Chelsea collapsed against Manchester City. I was so surprised.

“Chelsea played so well in the first half, got excited and then went behind. At that moment they needed someone to calm things down to stay in the game for the next 15 minutes, but they kept on playing, opened the game up and were punished.

“Something needs to click again with Chelsea because I don’t see a leader. Regardless of the instructions Lampard gave before the game, someone on the pitch has got to take responsibility.

“With the amount of talent Chelsea had on the field and on the bench, there was plenty of time left in the match for them to turn things around, but they shot themselves in the foot.”

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