The 2-1 loss to Leicester City was Chelsea’s ninth defeat of the season, and it leaves them on 16th spot in the table, with all sorts of speculation taking place in and around the club. But Cesc Fabregas believes that the players are to blame for the poor display so far, and insists that results will improve if and when the players take responsibility.

Manager Jose Mourinho said after the defeat that he was ‘betrayed’ by the Chelsea players, but chose to stay tight-lipped over his future plans.

Players must take responsibility

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Fabregas indirectly backed his manager by saying that the players must take responsibility for the results and Mourinho does not deserve all the criticism.

“We will all have to take responsibility. If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player,” the 28-year-old said, as reported by skysports.

“I am not saying you can’t have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on. We must always be at the top of our games, even when it’s not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.”

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Lack of confidence not an excuse

Fabregas believes that lack of confidence cannot be the reason for their worst start to the league in 37 years and insists pride, not confidence, is important for them to get their worrying slide back on track.

“Confidence is important until a certain point. At the end of the day, as a player you have pride. We cannot win the Premier League right now, but we must do better,” the midfielder said.

“Right now is not the time to think of where we might finish, we’ve been saying it almost all season.”

Can Chelsea turn this around?

Roman Abramovic seems to have faith in Mourinho and so do the fans. While the league looks like an unrealistic dream, Chelsea should probably focus on the Champions League spots. This season’s end could have a somewhat Munich-feel to it, when Chelsea failed to make it to the top four but won the Champions League under Roberto Di Matteo.