Hoddle pinpoints exactly what’s wrong with Chelsea under Sarri

Glenn Hoddle believes Chelsea’s lack of leadership was evident in their Europa League win against Slavia Prague.

Maurizio Sarri’s side secured a semi-final place despite a second-half fightback by their opponents in an action-packed quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking on BT Sport, former Chelsea player and manager Hoddle said: “They can’t get the 90 minutes consistency. They do switch off.

“It’s complacency. They need a leader out there that’s not going to let that happen.

“John Terry playing in that team, that wouldn’t have happened in the second half.

“They haven’t got many leaders there that can actually identify and it and say ‘right, let’s cut this out’.

“You could smell it. You could see it happening. Your opponents are getting more of the ball and getting forward – you need to nullify that. Somebody needs to identify that.

“Everyone just left it to each other; ‘someone else will do it . I won’t bother to get on the cover early, because we’re 4-1 up’.”

Hoddle also suggested that Eden Hazard’s performance in his preferred position proved that Sarri was wrong to deploy him as a centre-forward.

He said: “That’s exactly what’s needed, not Hazard up there down the middle, which they tried to do at Anfield.

“It just doesn’t work. Time and time again he’s played up there. It doesn’t work. You need your best player facing your opponents.”




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